Minnesota man sentenced to six years in prison for trafficking oxycodone on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

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GREAT FALLS – A Minnesota man who admitted making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling oxycodone pills while renting a home on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was today sentenced to six years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, US Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Jason Tyrell Lee, 46, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, pleaded guilty in September 2021 to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and money laundering.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

The government alleged in court documents that for about six years, from 2014 to the spring of 2020, Lee and co-defendant Kaycee Lynn Menz sold oxycodone pills from a house they rented in Poplar, on the reservation. Fort Peck Indian. Lee, who resided primarily in Minnesota, provided Menz with pills to sell on and around the reservation. Financial records showed that their operation generated large sums of money in Montana and that they then transferred the proceeds to accounts held in Lee’s name and in the name of his Minnesota company, Above Average Marketing. During the time of the drug operation, over $700,000 was deposited into Above Average Marketing bank accounts. Meanwhile, despite the vast amounts of deposits, Lee reported little legitimate business income. A customer estimated he spent $30,000 on Menz pills, pills that were provided by Lee. During a May 2020 traffic stop in Lee, officers found approximately 410 pills containing oxycodone.

Menz had previously been sentenced to 40 months in prison for her conviction in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan R. Plaut prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol.

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