Snell Makes Not Guilty Pleas To Charges
Nikki Marie Snell, 38, of Wolf Point appeared in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston on April 11 and made a not guilty plea on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
If convicted of the most serious crime, Snell faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release on the crime of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and a mandatory minimum five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other crime, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the crime of possessing a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.
Snell was detained pending further proceedings.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and Great Falls Police Department investigated the case.
According to court documents, Snell possessed with the intent to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of meth beginning in or about July 2022 and continuing until on or about March 7, 2023, in Great Falls.
Count 2 reads that Snell possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on March 7. Count 3 charges that Snell, knowing she had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowing possessed, in and affecting interstate commerce, a firearm.