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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 17, 2017

Information: Federal Court Arraignments

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that those persons listed below were arraigned before the U.S. Magistrate and the indictments handed down by the Grand Jury unsealed.

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on November 17, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

 

  • KEVIN RAYMOND RUCKS, a 56-year-old resident of Dickinson, North Dakota, appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, RUCKS faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  PACER Case Reference.  17-08

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on November 14, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

 

  • MICHAEL JASON TORREZ, a 44-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, TORREZ faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI Task Force.  PACER Case Reference.  17-124

 

  • DUSTIN LEE WOLFF, a 33-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, WOLFF faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI Task Force.  PACER Case Reference.  17-125

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on November 13, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

 

  • IRA LEFTHAND, JR., a 42-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, LEFTHAND faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference.  17-115

 

If any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system so that you stay current and not miss any important developments in the case.

 

To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the district court’s calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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KERI LEGGETT Acting Public Information Officer (406) 761-7715
Updated November 17, 2017