U.S. Attorney Cotter: “When criminal networks violate federal laws those involved will be prosecuted.”

U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter said federal agents executed 26 criminal search warrants and four civil seizure warrants in Montana.

According to a three page press release, the raids were “the culmination of an 18-month multi-agency investigation into the drug trafficking activities of criminal enterprises operating throughout the state of Montana.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a total of 26 criminal search warrants were executed on Monday, March 14 at medical premises in Belgrade, Big Sky, Billings, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Dillon, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City, Missoula, Olney, and Whitefish.

“Twenty-six search warrants were carried out yesterday where there is probable cause that the premises were involved in illegal and large-scale trafficking of marijuana,” Cotter said. “When criminal networks violate federal laws those involved will be prosecuted.”

More to come on The Lowdown and the Great Falls Tribune.

UPDATE: Click here for the complete text of Cotter’s press release:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/assets/pdf/G1171771315.PDF