Shooting Suspect Back in Jail After Selling Meth to Police Informant

Leif Lee was charged with two counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs in Flathead County District Court

By Justin Franz

Just days after he pleaded guilty to charges of criminal endangerment stemming from a shooting at a Marion bar this summer, a Eureka man is back in jail after allegedly selling meth to an informant.

On Sept. 10, Leif Lee was charged with two counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs in Flathead County District Court. The charges came just six days after he pleaded guilty to two charges of felony criminal endangerment for shooting two people at the Rail Link Tavern in Marion in June.

According to court documents, the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force learned that Lee was allegedly selling drugs out of his home in Eureka in August. On Aug. 19, officers met with a confidential informant and outfitted him with a recording device and $700 to pay Lee a past drug debt.

When Lee met with the informant, he indicated that he had more drugs to sell and gave the informant about $900 worth of meth. In early September, Lee called the police informant asking him to pay him for the meth he had gotten earlier. Lee said he was heading to Kalispell on Sept. 8 and agreed to meet him at the Home Depot parking lot. Lee and the informant met in the parking lot and completed the sale. Lee was arrested immediately.

Lee is expected to appear in court for his arraignment on Oct. 10.

Three months ago, Lee was charged with assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment after he shot two people at a Marion bar. One woman was struck in the arm and a man was struck in the arm and hand. Lee fled the scene but called police the following day, admitting that he had fired his gun at the bar. Earlier this month he took a deal and pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal endangerment.

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