Poplar Woman Admits Trafficking Oxycodone on Fort Peck Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Poplar woman suspected of being a longtime distributor of oxycodone pills on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation today admitted crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering, the attorney said Acting American Leif M. Johnson.

Kaycee Lynn Menz, 31, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging her with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and money laundering. Menz faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of probation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Justice Morris set the sentence for December 8. Menz was released pending further proceedings.

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that from June 2014 until at least May 2020, Menz, and her co-defendant and boyfriend, Jason Tyrell Lee, began selling illegal pills. of oxycodone in a house they rented in Poplar. , on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Law enforcement learned that Lee primarily resided in Minnesota, Menz primarily lived at the Poplar residence, and that Lee provided Menz with the pills she sold. Investigators interviewed numerous people who saw Menz and Lee handing out illegal pills. Some people sometimes assisted the drug company by driving Menz to make the sale and wiring or transferring the drug proceeds to people in Minnesota. Menz also sent money using transfer services to individuals in Minnesota and asked others to send money on his behalf. Lee is awaiting trial in this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan R. Plaut is prosecuting the case, which has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, US Department of Law and Justice tribes of Fort Peck and the Montana Highway Patrol.

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Nohemi M. Moore