Trey Scales Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 21, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, TREY SCALES, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Sentencing has been set for June 22, 2012. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In September 2010, and continuing through March 14, 2011, SCALES, Aaron Durbin, Justin Maddock, and other individuals were involved in marijuana growing operations.
SCALES and others, were growing marijuana for the business Good Medicine Providers, Inc. The marijuana sold out of Good Medicine was grown at the locations of 115 E. Reserve St, Kalispell, Montana, 6065 US Highway 93, Olney, Montana and at the Good Medicine location itself. Durbin assisted in transforming 6065 US Highway 93 into a large marijuana plant growing facility and helped maintain the actual marijuana production at both Good Medicine and the 6065 locations.
Investigation revealed that SCALES had been distributing large quantities of marijuana to individuals both inside and outside the state of Montana. Confidential Source #1 (CS #1) would have testified that SCALES provided CS #1 with one pound of marijuana on one occasion. CS #1 also observed SCALES provide ten pounds of marijuana to another individual.
In October 2010, CS #1 again met with SCALES at Good Medicine where SCALES fronted 5 pounds of marijuana to CS #1. Between the dates of December 22, 2010 and January 12, 2011, investigating agents conducted a total of four undercover marijuana purchases from Good Medicine Providers Inc. In addition, a search of SCALES' residence in Whitefish recovered 43 marijuana plants.
Investigation revealed Maddock was the operator of 115 E. Reserve, a large warehouse used to grow marijuana. A witness, Confidential Source #2, would have testified that he/she observed a past marijuana transaction being conducted at Maddock's residence in Whitefish. On March 14, 2011, search warrants were executed at the above locations and a total of over 1,000 marijuana plants were recovered by members of law enforcement.
Durbin and Maddock pled guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing.
SCALES 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.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force.