Spokane Woman Admits Meth Trafficking on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Spokane, Washington woman suspected of being a longtime meth dealer in and around the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation admitted trafficking charges today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif said Johnson.

Kristina Dawn Russette, 30, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Russette faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of probation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Justice Morris set the sentence for June 2 and continued the detention of Russette.

According to court documents filed by the government, law enforcement officers in 2019 and 2020 learned from multiple people that Russette was supplying methamphetamine from the Spokane area to people on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation.

The documents allege that in May 2020, Russette was driving a vehicle stopped in Washington for traffic violations. The vehicle was searched pursuant to a tribal search warrant and Russette’s consent and probation terms. In a purse in the rear seating area were several bags containing suspected methamphetamine. A passenger in the vehicle said he and Russette picked up the drugs in Spokane. The DEA determined that the drugs in this seizure contained approximately 746.8 grams, or approximately 1.6 pounds, of actual methamphetamine.

FBI investigators also obtained information from several Facebook accounts in which Russette had used slang or code to communicate about drugs and arrange for drug distribution.

Other FBI interviewees identified Russette as a longtime supplier of large amounts of methamphetamine to people on and around the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation.

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. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased by 48 percent between 2013 and 2019. Through the PSN, federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the Montana focus on violent crime motivated by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbery, firearms offences. and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

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Nohemi M. Moore