Jan 13, 2012 5:14 PM by Trovette Tottress

Feds announce more medical marijuana arrests

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office says four more people face charges in their ongoing crackdown against the medical marijuana industry in Montana.

Federal agents continue to file more charges against medical marijuana providers following raids last spring that rattled the industry. The arrests, coupled with more stringent state laws, have led to dramatic changes in the medical marijuana industry.

Prosecutors say four Kalispell men are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. They are 33-year-old Christopher Durbin, 40-year-old Justin Maddock, 29-year-old Aaron Durbin and 33-year-old Trey Scales.

Christopher Durbin also is charged with structuring, or making bank deposits of less than $10,000 in order to avoid IRS reporting requirements.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says all pleaded not guilty in initial appearances.


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