COEUR D’ALENE – Larry Junior Hillbroom, 36, Morgan Kenney, 34, and Sean Robert Wathen, 48, all of Hope, Idaho, were arrested on July 15, 2020, on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. The charges stem from a June 16, 2020 indictment filed in U.S. District Court by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene.
The indictment alleges that beginning in the summer of 2015 and continuing to February 2016, Hillbroom, Kenney, and Wathen conspired to distribute methamphetamine. The federal methamphetamine conspiracy charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and at least three years of supervised release.
Hillbroom, Kenney, and Wathen are scheduled for their initial appearance tomorrow, July 17, 2020, at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene. During the initial appearance, a trial date will be set and the court will address the custody status of each defendant.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Idaho State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Marshals Service.
This indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. Program participants include Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.
An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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