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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 19, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 19, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

JASON WASHINGTON, a 28-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, WASHINGTON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release on each of the first two charges. In addition, WASHINGTON faces an additional mandatory five years to life, consecutive to any other sentence, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

GREGORY ZUCKERT, a 45-year-old resident of Whitefish, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, ZUCKERT faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release on each of the charges.

CHRISTOPHER CRONSHAW, a 25-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, CRONSHAW faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release on each of the charges.

LISA FLEMING, a 25-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, FLEMING faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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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