Two men plead guilty to selling meth in White Earth

Two men recently pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine on the White Earth Reservation.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Michael Blandford, of Monticello, and 26-year-old Matthew Leigland, of Ponsford, are each charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute.

According to their guilty pleas and court documents, Blandford and Leigland admitted to traveling from White Earth to the Twin Cities to purchase the drugs and then bring it back to the reservation to distribute.

A traffic stop last March found almost 500 grams of meth in the vehicle.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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