Ogden man given federal prison time for selling opioids on Montana tribal land

Wednesday , February 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — An Ogden man was sentenced to federal prison time for illegally selling opioids on tribal land in Montana. 

Tacuma Wallace, 32, will serve the next 12 months and one day in prison and then three years of supervised release for selling oxycodone pills, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montana.

Investigators received a tip in May 2016 that a man was selling drugs out of a hotel in Wolf Point, Montana. Law enforcement later saw Wallace selling drugs to multiple people who approached his car. 

When the car tried to leave the parking lot, police conducted a traffic stop, and Wallace fled the car out of a back door, the release says. 

The driver of the car — who was not named in the press release — told police Wallace sold pills on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, the release says. The driver said he bought pills from Wallace at least 20 different times, with each pill costing $70 each. 

Police later found that Wallace was “one of the biggest suppliers of pills” to the reservation, the release says. Investigators tested the pills found in Wallace’s possession during his arrest and determined they were oxycodone pills. 

Wallace has also been convicted of drug offenses in Utah. According to online court records, Wallace pleaded guilty to distributing a controlled substance in Utah’s 3rd District Court in 2014. The charge was amended from a second-degree felony to a class A misdemeanor in exchange for his guilty plea. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl. 

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