GREAT FALLS – A Washington woman who admitted to smuggling methamphetamine on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and Great Falls was sentenced on March 3 to seven years in prison and five years on probation, the acting US prosecutor said Leif Johnson.
Georgie Elaine Russell, 41, of Spokane, Wash., Pleaded guilty on October 22, 2020 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Chief Justice of the United States, Brian M. Morris, presided. Russell was arrested.
The government alleged in court documents filed in the case that the Great Falls Police Department learned in January 2020 that Russell was on federal probation on a methamphetamine conviction in the Eastern District of Washington and was doing so. methamphetamine trafficking from Washington to the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and Grandes Chutes. During an approved trip to Montana in January 2020, law enforcement conducted a roadside check of a vehicle in which Russell was a passenger. The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained. Officers found an air-sealed bag that contained about 222 grams of methamphetamine, or nearly half a pound of methamphetamine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Plaut continued the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement Services, and the Great Falls Police Department.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a US Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased 48% between 2013 and 2019. Thanks to the PSN, Federal, Tribal, State and Local partners in Montana are focusing on violent crime caused by trafficking methamphetamine, armed robbers and firearms offenses. and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.