News Release
August 25, 2010
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Minnesota Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Methamphetamine Distribution

AUG 25 – (Minneapolis) A 36-year-old Austin, Minnesota man was sentenced on August 19 in federal court in Minneapolis for conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Jason Lee Reinartz to 240 months (20 years) in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of the drug.

Reinartz was indicted on December 16, 2008, along with co-defendant Emily Elaine Young, age 23, also of Austin. Reinartz pleaded guilty in February of 2009. Young pleaded guilty in January of 2009 and was sentenced in July of 2009 to 15 months in prison on one count of conspiracy.

Following sentencing, Dan Moren, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Field Office, which led the investigation of this case, said, “The investigation revealed that Jason Lee Reinartz was responsible for the distribution of large quantities of the addictive drug methamphetamine in the greater area of Austin, Minnesota, where he distinguished himself as a menace to the community. The eradication of this drug distribution cell by the Austin Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the DEA serves as a testament to the power of federal, state, and local law enforcement collaborating on making Minnesota drug and violence free, one community at a time.”

In their plea agreements, Reinartz and Young admitted that from April of 2008 through November 25, 2008, they conspired with each other and others to sell methamphetamine as well as to obtain quantities of methamphetamine for distribution. Reinartz admitted obtaining two pounds of methamphetamine from one source between April and August of 2008 and, then, with Young, distributing it. Young admitted collecting money in exchange for the drugs and allowing the drugs to be stored in her mother’s residence.

On December 5, 2008, a search warrant was executed at that residence, where officers seized seven ounces of methamphetamine as well as some marijuana, a scale, urine cleanser products, and cell phones. Then, during the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Reinartz and Young, officers found drug paraphernalia, packaging material, an empty scale box, herbal urine cleansing products, and urine test kits.

As stated by DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Moren, this case was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Austin Police Department, and the Mower County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven L. Schleicher.