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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 12, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 12, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

CHRISTOPHER RYAN DURBIN, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and structuring - cause or attempt to cause a financial institution to fail to file a currency report. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, DURBIN faces possible penalties of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 in prison, a $5,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.

JUSTIN LEE MADDOCK, a 40-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MADDOCK faces possible penalties of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 in prison, a $5,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force..

TREY RYAN SCALES, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, SCALES faces possible penalties of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 in prison, a $5,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.

AARON MICHAEL DURBIN, a 29-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, DURBIN faces possible penalties of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 in prison, a $5,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana 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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