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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 28, 2019

Informational: Federal Court arraignments

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 June 25 was:

Maxwell West, 29, of Billings, on charges of passing/uttering counterfeit obligations or security of the United States. If convicted of the most serious crime, West faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the Secret Service. Pacer case reference. 17-141.

Nicholas John Montano, 34, of Billings, 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, Montano faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Montano was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Transnational Organized Crime West unit. Pacer case reference. 18-123.

Appearing on June 27 was:

Byrne Martin Mestas, 62, of Billings, Steven Paul Furlong, 49, of Billings, and Jerry Ray Schuster, 55, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth, and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Mestas, Furlong and Schuster face a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. All three co-defendants were detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI task force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 19-88.

Michael Armando Sanchez, 27, of Bakersfield, Ca, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. If convicted of the most serious crime, Sanchez faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Sanchez was detained pending further proceedings. The case was in investigated by the FBI task force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 19-87.

Dawn Marie Davis, also known as Dawn Marie Hinebauch, 33, of Laurel, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and distribution of meth. If convicted of the most serious crime,
Davis faces a minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Davis was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI task force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 19-89.

Havalah Anne Ireland, 32, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Ireland faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the FBI task force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 19-83.

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on June 25 was:

Delwin Paul Calflooking, Sr., 37, of Browning, on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, strangulation and assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner. If convicted of the most serious crime, Calflooking faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Calflooking was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI. Pacer case reference. 19-42.

Appearing on June 26 was:

Nicole Smith, 34, Cut Bank, on charges of possession with intent to distribute. If convicted of the most serious crime, Smith faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. Smith was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI, Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and Blackfeet Tribal law enforcement. Pacer case reference. 19-46.

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.

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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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated June 28, 2019