Whitefish Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A 33-year-old Whitefish man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana after a raid on a Columbia Falls medical marijuana business and several growing operations last year.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Trey Scales entered his plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Jeremiah Lynch in Missoula. Sentencing is set for June 22.

Prosecutors allege that from September 2010 to March 2011, Scales operated a warehouse that grew marijuana for Good Medicine Providers Inc.

Court records say a confidential informant was prepared to testify that Scales provided him with six pounds of marijuana in two transactions and saw him provide 10 pounds of marijuana to another person.

Co-defendants Aaron Durbin and Justin Maddock have pleaded guilty, while Good Medicine owner Christopher Durbin has pleaded not guilty to several federal charges.

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