2 plead guilty for planning to sell meth at White Earth Indian Reservation

Matthew Jon Leigland, 26, on the left and Michael Jacob Blandford, 28, on the right.
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WHITE EARTH INDIAN RESERVATION, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Two men pleaded guilty in federal court to purchasing methamphetamine in the Twin Cities with plans to sell it at White Earth Indian Reservation.

Michael Jacob Blandford, 28, and Matthew Jon Leigland, 26, entered into guilty pleas Friday on one count each of possession with intent to distribute meth, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in Minnesota.

Both were initially charged on April 26, 2019.

According to court documents, Blanford and Leigland admitted to traveling from White Earth Indian Reservation to the Twin Cities to buy meth from a source in order to distribute it at the reservation.

Prosecutors said their vehicle was pulled over by Minnesota State Patrol for speeding and having a loud exhaust.

Blandford showed signs of recent drug use, and when asked to step out of the vehicle, he fled on foot tossing 10 grams of meth from his pocket, according to court documents.

Among some of the items law enforcement found inside the vehicle were approximately 480 grams of meth.