Posted: May 22, 2012 5:11 PM by Irina Cates (KPAX News)
Updated: May 22, 2012 9:29 PM
MISSOULA- A man has admitted supplying Big Sky Health owner Jason Washington with marijuana when he didn't have enough and as a result, Jesse Shewalter pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.
Federal prosecutors say in January of 2011 Shewalter, Washington and several other co-defendants were involved in a marijuana growing operation, saying that Washington owned and operated Big Sky Health in Missoula and Victor.
He obtained marijuana from numerous sources of supply including other marijuana producers, but his primary source of marijuana was a grow facility known as "The Wye" located on Highway 10 West.
Prosecutors say "The Wye" location had between 1000 and 1200 marijuana plants at various growth stages and was capable of producing at least 30 pounds of marijuana a month.
Prosecutors say Washington distributed the marijuana through Big Sky Health marijuana dispensaries to marijuana cardholders and people who were not marijuana cardholders.
Undercover law enforcement conducted several purchases of marijuana in various amounts, including ounces, ½ pounds and pound quantities, from Washington at 406 Motoring, where Washington stored marijuana and drug proceeds.
Washington maintains his innocence in this case, but several of his co-defendants have already pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.