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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 23, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

STANLEY ROBERT SMITH, a 52-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SMITH faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and at least three years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Southwest Montana Drug Task Force, and Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.

COLE BRIDGER WALTER, a 25-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and money laundering. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WALTER faces possible penalties of ten years up to life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and at least five years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

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