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Informational: Federal Court arraignments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned or appeared this week before U.S. Magistrate judges on indictments handed down by the Grand Jury or on criminal complaints. The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Oct. 28 was:

Isidro Vega Carmona, 27, of Bozeman and Mexican national; Victor Daniel Mejia Ocampo, 21, a Mexican national; Riesela Anahid Heredia Soberanes, 32, a Mexican national; and Jose Maria Jurado, 52, of Billings and Mexican national, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, the defendants face a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. All defendants were detained pending further proceedings. The FBI and Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-126.

Jeffrey Wayne Follet, 34, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Follet faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Follet was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Billings Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-120.

Lyzette Vargas, 40, of Spokane, Washington, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. If convicted of the most serious crime, Vargas faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Vargas was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI and Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-125.

Appearing on Oct. 27 was:

Calico Patrice Allard, 40, a transient, on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious crime, Allard faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release on the wire fraud crime and a mandatory minimum two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release on the aggravated identity theft crime. Allard was detained pending further proceedings. The Billings Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-118.

Timothy James Lucas, 40, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. If convicted of the most serious crime, Lucas faces a mandatory minimum10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release on the drug crime and a mandatory minimum five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the firearm crime. Lucas was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-124.

Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto and pleading not guilty on Oct. 27 was:

Christopher Todd Boudreau, 41, of Anaconda, on charges of attempted coercion and enticement and possession of child pornography. If convicted of the most serious crime, Boudreau faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release. Boudreau was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and Missoula County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-46.

The progress of cases may be monitored through the U.S. District Court Calendar and the PACER system. To establish a PACER account, which provides electronic access to review documents filed in a case, please visit http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the District Court’s calendar, please visit https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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Clair Johnson Howard
Public Affairs Officer
406-247-4623

Updated October 28, 2022

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Release Number: 22-268