GREAT FALLS – Poplar woman suspected of being a longtime distributor of oxycodone pills on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation today admitted to drug trafficking and money laundering crimes, the US prosecutor said Acting Leif M. Johnson.
Kaycee Lynn Menz, 31, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging her with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and money laundering. Menz faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $ 1 million and three years of supervised release.
U.S. Chief District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Justice Morris has set the sentence for December 8. Menz was released pending further processing.
In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that from June 2014 until at least May 2020 Menz and her co-accused and boyfriend Jason Tyrell Lee started selling pills. illegal acts of oxycodone in a house they rented in Poplar. , on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Law enforcement learned that Lee resided primarily in Minnesota, that Menz lived primarily at the Poplar Residence, and that Lee provided Menz with the pills she sold. Investigators interviewed numerous people who saw Menz and Lee distributing illegal pills. Some people have sometimes helped the pharmaceutical company by driving Menz to make sales and by transferring or transferring the drug products to people in Minnesota. Menz also sent money using transfer services to people in Minnesota and asked others to send money on his behalf. Lee is awaiting trial in this case.
Deputy U.S. Attorney Ethan R. Plaut is pursuing the case, which has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Tribal Law and Justice of Fort Peck and the Montana Highway Patrol.