Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 6, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
CHRISTOPHER MARK CHAMBERS, a 27-year-old resident of Golden, British Columbia Canada, appeared on charges of conspiracy to export cocaine, exportation of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, CHAMBERS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $5,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release on each count. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.
RUBEN BRISENO MONDRAGON, a 68-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MONDRAGON faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael T. Wolfe is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Tri-Agency Safe Trails 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.