First of North Idaho Drug Trafficking Organization Defendants Pleads Guilty
COEUR D'ALENE - Geena Lauren Milho, 25, of Williston, North Dakota, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to distribute heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Milho was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Coeur d'Alene on April 19, 2016.
According to the plea agreement, Milho admitted that she was part of a drug trafficking organization which involved at least 20 people. The organization sold heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Eastern Washington. Milho helped the organization by concealing and transporting the controlled substances and making sure the profits went to the appropriate coconspirator. Milho is the first individual to plead guilty out of an indictment which charges 11 individuals. In addition to pleading guilty, Milho agreed to forfeit any interest she has in real property, jewelry or cash held by herself or coconspirators and outlined in the indictment.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substance is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1,000,000, and at least 3 years supervised release.
Sentencing is set for January 18, 2017, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.
The case was investigated by CDA Police, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), Kootenai County Sheriff, North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The indictment is the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which included the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Marshals Service. The OCDETF program is a federal multi agency, multi jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.