Jason Lee Reinartz is a meth menace to Austin
Just two years ago, the future looked promising for Jason Lee Reinartz. He had just opened up a swanky new tattoo shop in Austin, Minn. He had plans to open up another. But as Reinartz learned, a lot can happen in two years. In his case, this meant getting caught with several hundred grams of meth and being deemed a menace to the community.
Police arrested Reinartz and his girlfriend, Emily Elaine Young, in December 2008, just six months after he opened up A-Town Tattoo. During the bust, police found more than 200 grams of meth, 92 grams of pot, a couple dozen Vicodin pills, and some urine cleanser.
Young originally told police the drugs belonged to her, but the courts didn't buy it. Both Young and Reinartz were charged with felonies.
An investigation found that Reinartz was caught up in a lot more than the 200 grams. Last February, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of meth. Young also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 15 months in prison July 2009.
In federal court yesterday, a judge sentenced Reinartz to 20 years in prison. Reinartz was also dubbed a "menace to the community" by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the huge amounts of meth he distributed throughout Austin.
That's a far cry from the future Reinartz envisioned two years ago when the Austin Daily Herald wrote a profile piece about A-Town Tattoo's grand opening:
"The main thing here is I'm trying to do everything by the book, from the plumbing to the licenses," Reinartz told the Daily Herald. "I want this to last, and hopefully this will be my retirement."
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