Brockie pleads guilty to possession
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POLSON — A Spokane woman admitted to trafficking the dangerous drug fentanyl into Lake County from Spokane, Washington. Amanda Jean Brockie, 51, entered a guilty plea to criminal possession with intent to distribute at District Court in Polson on Dec. 7. The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement that will dismiss at sentencing a tampering charge and an unrelated simple possession charge.
According to court records, on Oct. 25, Brockie was a passenger of a car that had traveled into Lake County from Spokane. Law enforcement had received “confidential but reliable” information that Brockie had gone to Spokane specifically to bring drugs back to Lake County. When the Silver Ford Edge that Brockie was in returned to Lake County, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on it and detained Brockie on an outstanding warrant. Brockie was transported to the Lake County jail and placed in a holding cell. In a video surveillance recording of the holding cell, detention officers observed Brockie making motions consistent with removing something from the waistband of her pants and dropping it behind a bench of the cell. The item that was dropped turned out to be a plastic candy dispenser containing 102 blue pills with the ‘M” and “30” stamp on them. These pills are known by law enforcement to be a form of counterfeit Oxycodone pills that contain the deadly drug fentanyl. Text messages made by Brockie that were recovered from a mobile device allegedly revealed Brockie’s intention to distribute the pills in Lake County.
Judge Molly Owen set a sentencing date of Feb. 1. The plea agreement calls for a joint recommendation of ten years with the Montana Department of Corrections with half that time suspended.