Little Eagle Woman Charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death

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Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death.  

Samantha Uses Arrow, age 28, was indicted on October 13, 2021.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 1, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in federal prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about January 3, 2021, in Little Eagle, Uses Arrow knowingly and intentionally distributed a controlled substance to another person, and the distribution of the controlled substance resulted in that person’s death.

The charge is merely an accusation and Uses Arrow is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 


The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Division of Drug Enforcement, the Mobridge Police Department, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.      

Uses Arrow was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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