Lame Deer woman sentenced to prison for trafficking methamphetamine
BILLINGS — A Lame Deer woman who admitted to selling methamphetamine on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation as part of larger drug trafficking activity on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations was sentenced today to two years in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.
Adrienne Dawn LaForge, 35, pleaded guilty in August 2023 to possession with intent to distribute meth.
U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
In court documents, the government alleged that in August 2022, law enforcement purchased meth from LaForge at a house in Lame Deer. An indictment accused LaForge of trafficking meth from about January 2022 through October 2022 on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations. LaForge was affiliated with another Northern Cheyenne Reservation dealer, who also was trafficking on Crow, and others who were charged as a result of an investigation into a large drug trafficking conspiracy.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys prosecuted the case. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI conducted the investigation.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
Clair J. Howard
Public Affairs Officer