CARE drug smuggler sentenced to more than 4 years in prisonPublished 11:06am Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A Minneapolis woman was sentenced July 8 to 58 months in prison for her role in heroin smuggling at the Fergus Falls Community Addiction for Recovery Enterprise unit in 2011.
Billie Jo Lumbar, 45, was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court for felony second-degree conspiracy to commit drug sales. She pleaded guilty March 22. As part of a durational departure, five other felony charges were dismissed including great bodily harm caused by distribution, conspiracy to commit great bodily harm caused by distribution, two counts of second-degree drug sales and second-degree conspiracy to commit drug sales.
According to the criminal complaint, Lumbar and relative Joseph Richard Lumbar, 29, of Minneapolis, were responsible for mailing several packages with drugs hidden inside to the CARE Unit, where they were received and distributed by Rachel Campbell, Trista Cloud, Nicole Rindahl and Tina Bebeau.
Campbell, the operation’s organizer, reportedly received drugs in packages sent from her relative, Billie. Security footage at Minneapolis post offices helped identify both Lumbars as having sent some of the packages. They reportedly hid the heroin in a shampoo bottle or clothing before sending it to the unit.
Billie Jo Lumbar’s criminal history indicates numerous felony convictions, including a fifth-degree controlled substance conviction Oct. 12, 2008.