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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

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 Johnston in Great Falls on March 1, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JACK RAYMOND TOME, a 63-year-old resident of Stockett, appeared on charges of conspiracy 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, TOME faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Russell Country Drug Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations.   PACER Case Reference.  18-17

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on March 1, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DAWAN DEONTE JONES, a 26-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sex offender.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, JONES faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.   PACER Case Reference.  18-23
  • DOUGLAS CAMPBELL RALEIGH, a 42-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, RALEIGH faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Eastern Montana HIDTA.   PACER Case Reference.  18-27
  • SAFARA ECHO SHORTMAN, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy 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, SHORTMAN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA, and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations.  PACER Case Reference.  18-28
  • SHAWNA MAE SMITH, a 39-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SMITH 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.  18-29

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on February 27, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN JONES, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, JONES faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference.  18-10

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on February 26, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • THOMAS BLAZE HORN, a 30-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sex offender.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HORN faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.   PACER Case Reference.  18-22

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on February 23, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MICHAEL ARNOLD DELACK, a 48-year-old resident of Big Timber, appeared on charges of conspiracy 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, DELACK faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.   PACER Case Reference.  18-17

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on February 22, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • PHILLIP DEVON JOHNSON, a 25-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, JOHNSON faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  PACER Case Reference.  17-24

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on February 22, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • STEVE JOAQUIN COLUNGO, JR., a 56-year-old resident of Boise, Idaho, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.   If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, COLUNGO, faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. PACER Case Reference.  17-60

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 March 1, 2018