Le Havre man admits methamphetamine trafficking on Rocky Boy Indian reservation | USAO-MT
GREAT FALLS – A Le Havre man accused of supplying large amounts of methamphetamine to individuals on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation pleaded guilty to felony trafficking today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.
Clayton Cree Morsette, 23, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Morsette faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Justice Morris set the sentence for August 5 and ordered Morsette’s detention.
In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that in 2019, law enforcement officers learned from individuals that co-defendant Kristina Russette, of Washington, and her boyfriend, Morsette, had worked together to distribute Spokane-area meth to the Rocky Boy’s. Reservation. Additionally, in May 2020, Russette was driving a vehicle stopped in Washington for traffic violations. Morsette was a passenger. During a search of the vehicle, officers found several bags containing approximately 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine. Morsette told an officer that he and Russette picked up those drugs in Spokane and some of them were destined for Montana.
Several other people told law enforcement that Morsette was a longtime supplier of large amounts of methamphetamine to people on and around the Rocky Boy reservation and described him as working with Russette. Morsette admitted to working with Russette to distribute methamphetamine, to having made several trips to bring ounces of methamphetamine to the reservation, and to bringing a pound of methamphetamine on a trip in March or February 2020. Russette pleaded guilty in the case and awaits sentencing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Plaut is prosecuting the case, which has been investigated by the FBI, Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement Services, Tri-Agency Drug Task Force, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Kalispel Tribe Public Safety Department in Washington and the Airway Heights Police Department in Washington. .
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a US Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crimes motivated by meth trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses fire and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.