Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 16, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
JASON WASHINGTON, a 29-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, possession with 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 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 the possibility of an additional mandatory seven year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) 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.