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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Wolf Point woman sentenced for trafficking pain pills on Fort Peck Indian Reservation

GREAT FALLS — A Wolf Point woman who admitted selling large quantities of the pain medication, oxycodone, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Jennifer Lee Marie Walkingeagle, 30, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

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

In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution said Walkingeagle's vehicle was stopped for speeding on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on April 30, 2019. Walkingeagle told the trooper she did not have a license and provided a false name. The trooper ticketed Walkingeagle and allowed one of the passengers to drive the vehicle.

The trooper subsequently learned Walkingeagle's true identity and that she had an active tribal court warrant. The trooper found the vehicle in a driveway of a residence, conducted an investigation on scene and searched the vehicle with Walkingeagle's consent. The officer found 251 oxycodone pills and other items in the vehicle.

Walkingeagle admitted during an interview to traveling to Williston, N.D., to meet her drug supplier, who was traveling by train from Chicago. Walkingeagle distributed oxycodone pills on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation from January 2019 to May 2019.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassady Adams prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice, and Montana Highway Patrol.

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Opioids
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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated October 1, 2020