Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 6, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
RAINY DAWN MORROW-THOMAS, a 36-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to use a registration number issued to another person and use of registration issued to another person. She is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MORROW-THOMAS faces possible penalties of 4 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan R. Whittaker is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Great Falls Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration.
SHAHID SINDHU KHAN, age 39, and IJAZ KHAN SINDHU, age 33, residents of Othello, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Missoula Police Department.
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.