Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 14, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
CHRISTOPHER RYAN DURBIN, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, structuring - cause or attempt to cause a financial institution to fail to file a currency report, and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, DURBIN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.
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.