GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls woman who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine after law enforcement seized nearly four pounds of the drug from her vehicle was sentenced today to five and a half years in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.
Lillian Marie Lapier, 45, pleaded guilty in February to a superseding information charging her with possession with intent to distribute meth.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.
The government alleged in court documents that Lapier and co-defendant Rhonda Lapier met in 2021 with an out-of-state meth supplier, purchased several pounds of meth and brought it back to Montana. Upon return, Rhonda Lapier stopped at her Helena residence and unloaded nearly three pounds of meth, which was later seized. Lillian Lapier continued toward Great Falls, where law enforcement stopped her and recovered nearly four pounds of meth from her vehicle.
Lillian Lapier told law enforcement that she and Rhonda Lapier had left Las Vegas, Nevada, together after re-suppling with meth from a California-based supplier. Lillian Lapier also told officers she had been getting about two pounds of meth every week to a week and a half for the past three to four months. The approximately six pounds of meth seized is the equivalent of 21,744 doses. Rhonda Lapier was sentenced to more than five years in prison for conviction in the case. A third co-defendant, Ashley Nicole Rico, was sentenced to 54 months in prison for her conviction in the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan R. Plaut prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Russell Country Drug Task Force, the Missouri River Drug Task Force, FBI, Great Falls Police Department Cascade County Sheriff’s Office and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.