Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Jacquelyn Grignon (age: 47) and Lottie Tucker (age: 38), both former residents of the Menominee Indian Reservation, recently received prison sentences in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Green Bay. Tucker pleaded guilty on October 7, 2020, to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl. Grignon pleaded guilty on October 8, 2020, to Distribution of Fentanyl.
At a hearing on January 5, 2021, Tucker received a total sentence of 78 months in prison, followed by 48 months on supervised release, from Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. At a hearing on January 12, 2021, Judge Griesbach sentenced Grignon to a total sentence of 48 months in prison, followed by 48 months on supervised release.
According to court documents, on or about March 20, 2020, Grignon obtained what she believed to be heroin, but which was Fentanyl, from Tucker. Grignon then used some of the Fentanyl and sold some of it to others. Two people, a 32-year old man and a 16-year old boy, overdosed on the Fentanyl they received from Grignon. The 32-year old man died at a residence on the Menominee Indian Reservation; first responders revived the 16-year old, but he required hospitalization. A search warrant at Tucker’s residence on the Menominee Indian Reservation led to the discovery of additional Fentanyl, along with methamphetamine and cocaine.
In sentencing the defendants, Judge Griesbach described the circumstances surrounding the overdoses as a “terrible injustice,” and noted the defendants spread a poison that robs people of their humanity and ruins communities. Judge Griesbach also emphasized the need to deter others who might consider engaging in the sale and distribution of controlled substances.
The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.