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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 11, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

JOSHUA DAVID CARRENO, a 29-year-old resident of Shepherd, appeared on charges of possession with the intent to distribute prescription drugs and possession of stolen firearms. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, CARRENO faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan P. McCarthy is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

ARIK ALAN MACBLANE, a 33-year-old resident of Glendive, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MACBLANE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

ADAM RONALD TOTTEN, a 34-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of possession of stolen mail. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, TOTTEN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspector Service.

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.

 

 

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