Spring Creek Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Distribution

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Methamphetamine also known as crystal meth

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Spring Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, was sentenced on July 19, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Charles Little Elk III, a/k/a Charlie Little Elk, age 38, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Little Elk was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2020.  He pled guilty on April 6, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that occurred between January 2017 and January 2019.  During this time, Little Elk conspired with several others to distribute between 350 and 500 grams of methamphetamine on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in central South Dakota.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Little Elk was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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