According to U.S. attorneys in Montana, 43-year-old Teri Jabs Kurth, the daughter of furniture mogul Jake Jabs, pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to maintain drug-related premises for both the use of drugs and the commercial and gratuitous distribution of drugs, maintaining drug-related premises and distribution of cocaine.
The indictment alleges Jabs Kurth and 50-year-old Robert Lynum Eddleman hosted cocaine parties at their homes in Red Lodge, Mont., and Billings between Jan. 1, 2004 and Sept. 11, 2008. Eddleman, the Carbon County Attorney in Montana, also pleaded not guilty.
Both Jabs Kurth and Eddleman were released on special conditions.
If convicted, Jabs Kurth and Eddleman face the possibility of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of supervised released. Authorities say the possible penalties could be enhanced by prior drug-related felony convictions.
A pre-trial conference and trial date were not immediately set.
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