U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
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March 13, 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 March 12, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • TERESA A. BARR, a 58-year-old resident of Clinton, appeared on charges of misappropriation of postal funds. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, BARR faces one year in prison, $100,000 in fines and one year supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. PACER Case Reference: 15-03
  • KENNETH MARTIN CHANDLER, a 35-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, CHANDLER faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 15-01
  • ISMAEL MELIN, a 40-year-old resident of Mexico, 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, MELIN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Northwest Drug Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 15-17
  • JOSE LUIS MONTANO-ESPERICUETA, a 40-year-old resident of Mexico, 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, MELIN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Northwest Drug Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 15-17
  • JOHNNY LEWIS NOSIE, a 47-year-old resident of Tucson, Arizona, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sexual offender. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, NOSIE faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. PACER Case Reference: 15-14

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 tohttps://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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