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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

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 Judge Lynch in Missoula on January 14, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JANET JORGENSON CARD, a 49-year-old resident of Whitehall, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, CARD faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   PACER Case Reference:  14-30
  • ROBERT ANTHONY VAUGHN, a 37-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, VAUGHN faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   PACER Case Reference:  14-31

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on January 14, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ERIC JOHN STEVENS, a 21-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, STEVENS faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference:  14-133

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnston in Great Falls on January 14, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • BRANDON RAY BUCKLES, a 27-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of sexual abuse and false statement to a federal officers.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, BUCKLES faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference: 15-01

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on January 9, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • PEDRO LUIS CANDIDO, a 45-year-old resident of Sidney, 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 charges contained in the indictment, CANDIDO faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. PACER Case Reference:  14-127
  • TONY REYES, a 42-year-old resident of Cody, Wyoming, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, REYES faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference:  14-123

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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Updated January 22, 2015