Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 13, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
ROBERT DEAN BOUCHER, a 52-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington, and TAMMY LYNN LAPIE, a 47-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each 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 Ryan G. Weldon is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Russell County 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.