Methamphetamine Distribution Equals Life in Prison
NOV 19 (Minneapolis) – Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago Field Division, along with Rachel K. Paulose, United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota announced the sentencing of a Stacy, Minnesota man who had been dealing methamphetamine out of his home for nearly ten years. On November 14, 2007, United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Jeffrey Mathew Jeanetta, age 52, to life in prison.
Jeanetta was convicted on January 17, 2007, of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 18 pounds of methamphetamine, one count of distribution of 87.2 grams of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of multiple firearms by a felon. The jury deliberated for four hours before returning the guilty verdicts in the four day trial. In the federal system, there is no parole.
United States Attorney Rachel K. Palose said this sentence sends a strong message to those who use and sell methamphetamine. Palose has committed the U.S. Attorney’s office to aggressively prosecute large scale methamphetamine traffickers in Minnesota.
“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Jeanetta had to learn the hard way that distribution of methamphetamine is no laughing matter to law enforcement,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s the Chicago Field Division which covers the state of Minnesota. “It’s no joke when someone’s life is destroyed by this deadly narcotic. We will continue to present cases like Mr. Jeanetta’s to the U.S. Attorney’s office for prosecution.”
Methamphetamine is one of the most popular illegal drugs in Minnesota, according to the Hazelden Foundation, a non-profit addiction and treatment organization. In 2006, methamphetamine accounted for 8% of treatment admissions and 480 methamphetamine related hospital emergency department episodes that were reported in the Twin Cities.
Court documents and trial evidence indicate that between 1998 and 2006, Jeanetta conspired with others to possess and distribute methamphetamine, and that he supplied much of the drug in and around Chisago County. Jeanetta obtained methamphetamine from sources in Arizona and California, and then sold it to users and dealers, some as young as 18 years old.
In 2005, Jeanetta was arrested for his role in this criminal operation. He fled and was apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force in 2006. When he was captured, Jeanetta was found in possession of two semi-automatic .45 caliber pistols. Because Jeanetta had been convicted of felonies in state court in 1979 and 1995, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.
The case was the result of a multi-jurisdiction investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chris S. Wilton and Tracy L. Perzel.