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BUTTE – A 29-year-old woman who fled the Anaconda hospital after she and her newborn tested positive for methamphetamine was one of 17 people arraigned in a conspiracy that federal prosecutors say brought meth from Los Angeles and distributed it in Great Falls, Havre and Butte.

Michelle Renee Yallup of Butte is charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, conspiracy involving firearms and drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering, The Montana Standard reported.

Federal court documents state that many of the 17 defendants have asserted their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. If conviced of the most serious charges, each defendant faces possible penalties of life in prison, five years’ supervised release and $10 million in fines.

Operation Highline Crystal Highway” is a cooperative effort between the Russell Country Drug Task Force which includes law enforcement officers from the Great Falls Police Department, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Border Patrol, as well as the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Yallup was served with a warrant Thursday, but remained in the Anaconda jail on a forgery charge. Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said he expected she would be transferred to federal custody late in the day.

Yallup has pleaded not guilty to the state charge that she signed her sister’s name when she checked into the Anaconda hospital on June 17. Her hospital bill was nearly $13,400. Officials say Yallup fled with the baby against medical advice. She was arrested at a truck stop near Willard, Utah after a monthlong search.

Officials have not released an update on the child, who was in the care of Utah child protective services after Yallup’s arrest.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/23/butte-woman-faces-federal-drug-charges/17785281/

 

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