Felch Man Found Guilty Of Manufacturing And Possessing With Intent To Distribute Marijuana
MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — A jury in federal district court in Marquette found Lee Edward Blomquist guilty of manufacturing or aiding and abetting the manufacture of more than 50 marijuana plants and of possessing or aiding and abetting the possession of those plants with the intent to distribute them. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Blomquist, 48, of Felch, maintained a marijuana grow operation on family property located in Felch and sold processed marijuana to a Wisconsin resident over a period of nine months. At the time of his arrest in 2017, police found 32 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value in excess of $100,000.00. In addition to the violation of federal controlled substance law the jury found, Blomquist was also in violation of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act because of the amount of marijuana involved, his sale to another state, and his status as a previously convicted felon.
The investigation into Blomquist’s marijuana grow operation began when detectives from the Kingsford, Iron Mountain, Norway, Dickinson (KIND) drug team conducted multiple controlled buys of marijuana from Blomquist’s Wisconsin associate. KIND detectives ultimately obtained a search warrant for the Blomquist property and found the marijuana grow building and processed marijuana. Blomquist admitted to selling marijuana to his Wisconsin associate and described his work on the marijuana grow as a full-time job. Pending trial in September 2018, the court granted Blomquist a one week furlough from custody to visit with his sick father and Blomquist fled the jurisdiction. His trial commenced after KIND investigators recaptured him in November 2018.
On February 7, 2019, Blomquist pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana related to his Wisconsin associate. Blomquist was previously convicted in federal court of manufacturing marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2003.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner. Prosecution would not have been possible without the combined assistance of the KIND drug team, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, the Kingsford Public Safety Department, the Iron Mountain Police Department, the Michigan State Police Crime Lab, and the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office.