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Montana’s Indian Reservations – Coordinated Operation Leads to Ten Arrests

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Jul 10, 2023
Montana's Indian Reservations: 10 Arrests

In a multi-count indictment, seven suspects are accused of offenses involving money laundering, guns, and meth smuggling.  Three related indictments allege trafficking in methamphetamine against four more individuals, one of whom had already been in detention.

The takedown was organized on April 19 at different places on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations, as well as in Yellowstone, Big Horn, and Rosebud counties by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Rocky Mountain Field Division and the Spokane, Washington District Office.

The Suspects and Charges

Several individuals allegedly organized to acquire methamphetamine with the purpose to distribute it between January 2022 and March 2023, according to a 13-count indictment. 

Additional charges included in the indictment include trafficking in persons for possession and distribution of guns, as well as conspiracy to launder money. The obligatory minimum sentence on the meth conspiracy offense is 10 years to life in prison, a fine of $10 million, and at least five years of supervised release.

To different counts, seven of the defendants included in the indictment entered not guilty pleas. The defendants are Wendell Lefthand, 54, of Lodge Grass; Melanie Rose Bloodman, 54; Jeffrey Prettypaint, 30; Keilee Shambrae Diaz, 35; Zachary Douglas Bacon, 35; Morgan Luke Hugs, 34; and Anthony Springfield, 23, of Hardin.

Jacklyn Marcel Garcia-Littlebird, 58, of Lame Deer, was charged with three counts of smuggling methamphetamine in a second companion indictment. She entered a not guilty plea. Garcia-Littlebird is accused of conspiring to traffic meth between January 2022 and October 2022 in Lame Deer, in Rosebud County, and Crow Agency, in Big Horn County. 

Garcia-Littlebird would be sentenced to a minimum of five years to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release if found guilty of the most serious felony.

Geofredo James Littlebird, Jr., 39, of Lame Deer, who was formerly detained, entered a plea of not guilty on April 20 to charges of trafficking methamphetamine and possessing a weapon, which were included in a supplemental allegation. 

Everyone indicted is assumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, and the indictments are only allegations.