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Informational: Federal Court Arraignment

Friday, November 04, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 3, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:

GREGORY MARK GERMAN, a 27-year-old resident of Edmonton, Alberta, appeared on charges of conspiracy to export cocaine, exportation of cocaine, and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, GERMAN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The defendant 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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