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Hudshon Makes Not Guilty Plea To Drug Charges

Porter James Hudshon, 23, of Tacoma, Wash., made a plea of not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and distribution of fentanyl before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston in Great Falls on Jan. 26.

The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If convicted of the most serious crime, Hudshon faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Hudshon was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, U.S. Postal Service, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Peck Tribes Law and Justice Department and Bremerton, Wash., Police Department investigated the case.

According to court documents, Hudshon beginning in or about May 2021 and through at least May 2022, within Roosevelt County and at or near Port Orchard and Tacoma in the Western District of Washington, Hudshon knowingly and unlawfully conspired with other persons, both known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.

He is also charged that on or about May 17, 2022, in Wolf Point, Hudshon knowingly and unlawfully distributed 40 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.

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