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Lucas pleads guilty to criminal possession

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POLSON — A woman from Spokane, Washington admitted to dealing fentanyl in Lake County. Taucia Lucas, 37, entered a plea of guilty in Polson’s District Court on Jan. 12 to felony criminal possession with intent to distribute. The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement that calls for a 10 year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended.

According to court records, on Nov. 28 law enforcement received information that a woman from Washington state was selling fentanyl-laced pills and driving a U-haul truck. The U-haul truck was reported stolen in Spokane after it had not been returned by the due date and rented to Lucas. Law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on the truck as it drove through Polson. Lucas was identified as the driver. A search of her and the truck turned up 90 blue pills suspected of containing fentanyl.

Prosecutor Brendan McQuillan with the Lake County Attorney’s office says in addition to the 10 year DOC term Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher recommended Lucas also attend the Elkhorn treatment center to address mental health and addiction needs. Lucas had already served 46 days in the Lake County jail as of Jan. 12. Sentencing was set for March 2. 

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