5 Arrested In Great Falls For Fentanyl Trafficking
After a complex multi-agency narcotics investigation, five individuals have been apprehended and presented for arraignment.
U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich has revealed that the charges against them pertain to alleged fentanyl trafficking offenses.
These arrests were made possible through the combined efforts of various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
A well-coordinated operation took place on October 12th in Great Falls, culminating in the apprehension of the five suspects.
The indictment level against them targets fentanyl trafficking in Cascade and Mineral counties.
During their arraignment, the defendants pleaded not guilty and were remanded into custody pending upcoming legal proceedings.
The arraignment proceedings were presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston.
The accused individuals are as follows:
- Alanna Corcoran, 41, of Great Falls: Corcoran faces charges related to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. In the event of a conviction for the most severe offense, she could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a minimum of three years of supervised release.
- Natalie Crawford, 31, of Great Falls: Crawford is charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. If convicted of the most severe crime, she could face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release.
- Michael McIntire, 56, of Great Falls; Terry McIntire, 44, of Great Falls; and Paul Regimbal, 50, of Fort Benton: These individuals face charges of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Terry McIntire is additionally charged with the distribution of fentanyl. If found guilty of these offenses, the defendants could be sentenced to 20 years, fined up to $1 million, and subjected to at least three years of supervised release.
It is important to emphasize that the charging documents represent accusations, and all defendants are to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This operation was conducted with the collaboration of several law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Great Falls Police Department.
Additionally, they received support from the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, Russell Country High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Service, and U.S. Marshals Service in the investigative process.
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