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Former Montana federal prosecutor honored by ATF

Former Montana federal prosecutor honored by ATF

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday honored a former Montana federal prosecutor for her work in prosecuting multiple defendants in a large undercover investigation into drug trafficking, guns and robberies in the Billings area.

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Former Sidney pharmacist admits causing drug death

A former pharmacist in Sidney admitted federal allegations Tuesday that he distributed a prescription painkiller that caused the death of a local resident.

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Federal judiciary, Justice Department feel effects of shutdown

As the federal government shutdown grinds on, the judiciary and justice systems are making adjustments to keep the work flowing in Montana.

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U.S. Attorney unveils multi-agency law enforcement operation to fight Bakken crime

U.S. Attorney unveils multi-agency law enforcement operation to fight Bakken crime

The booming Bakken oil patch that's given a major boost to U.S. energy production has emerged as a new front in the fight against drug trafficking.

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Several Montanans indicted in Bakken drug case

Several Montanans indicted in Bakken drug case

Six people out of a dozen facing federal charges of trafficking methamphetamine in the Bakken oil field along the Montana and North Dakota border are residents of small Montana towns.

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Blackfeet chairman says Cotter broke tribe's trust

Blackfeet chairman says Cotter broke tribe's trust

HELENA — The chairman of the Blackfeet Indian tribe says the U.S. attorney for Montana broke the trust of the tribe when he decided to prosecute a tribal council member and state senator accused of fleeing a traffic stop on the reservation.

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Guardians Project seeks to root out corruption

GREAT FALLS — Seven framed pictures hang on a wall of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Great Falls, each bearing the name of an operation that is part of a major push to root out corruption and theft from federal programs in Montana's Indian Country.

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Mike Cotter

Mike Cotter

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter, shown at a news conference in Great Falls last month, said on Friday he could not comment on the relationship between his office and the Blackfeet tribe, but said the federal prosecution of Democratic Sen. Shannon Augare for reckless and drunken driving and obstruc…

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U.S. District Attorney Mike Cotter

U.S. District Attorney Mike Cotter

U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana Mike Cotter speaks at a news conference in Great Falls on Aug. 8, 2013.

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Drug crimes rise with Bakken oil boom in Eastern Montana

Drug crimes rise with Bakken oil boom in Eastern Montana

Jails in the Bakken area are overbooked and law enforcement is maxed out as drug-related crime surges in Montana and North Dakota oil patch communities.

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Federal crackdown busts Montana's medical-marijuana industry

Federal crackdown busts Montana's medical-marijuana industry

HELENA — If American society's tolerance for marijuana is now growing, then what happened in Montana illustrates just what can happen when the government decides things have gone too far.

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Montana Medical Marijuana

Montana Medical Marijuana

Brady MacKay, left, the Drug Enforcement Administration agent in charge, and U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter discuss the end of a three-year investigation into Montana medical marijuana providers. Cotter says the 33 providers convicted used the state's medical marijuana law as a guise to conduct d…

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Sentencing in ATF robbery case ends feds' undercover operation

Sentencing in ATF robbery case ends feds' undercover operation

The sentencing in federal court Thursday of a Billings man who bragged about his criminal record to undercover agents investigating robberies and drug and gun crimes ended a major multi-agency probe.

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New task force probes Indian Country fraud, corruption

The federal indictment on Tuesday of the former director of the Crow Tribe’s Historic Preservation Office, Dale Old Horn, and six others others on corruption charges is one of the first cases to be investigated by a new federal task force.

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Cross-border collaboration sought to deal with Bakken crime

Law enforcement agencies from North Dakota, Montana and Canada have agreed to work across borders to police a spike in crime brought by the Bakken oil boom, the U.S. Attorney for Montana said.

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Powers 50th

Powers 50th

Linda and Lynn Powers of Sidney celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family gathering in Sidney.

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Attorney: Pot raids not a change in Obama policy

Attorney: Pot raids not a change in Obama policy

BUTTE — The U.S. Attorney for Montana says recent raids by federal and local authorities on medical pot businesses does not mean the Obama administration has abandoned its policy of leaving legitimate medical marijuana patients and providers alone.

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Internal controls reduce risk of embezzlement

Internal controls reduce risk of embezzlement

Businesses and organizations can reduce their risk of employee embezzlements through strong internal financial controls, said law enforcement officers.

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Kalispell attorney recommended for U.S. Judge Molloy's post

Kalispell attorney Dana L. Christensen is under consideration to replace U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy.

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Billings businesswoman charged in cocaine case

After cooperating with authorities and testifying against cocaine trafficker Domingo Baez, Billings businesswoman Dru Cederberg is facing federal charges as well.

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