Manderson Man Sentenced to 12 Years In Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Manderson, South Dakota, man convicted at trial of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 18, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

A federal jury found Alec Respects Nothing guilty in November 2021. Respects Nothing, age 31, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

During his involvement in the conspiracy, Respects Nothing obtained methamphetamine from multiple large scale methamphetamine suppliers, which he then sold to others, primarily on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Many of the people Respects Nothing supplied with methamphetamine went on to further distribute it to others.

This case was investigated by the Badlands Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is comprised of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina S. Nelson prosecuted the case.

Respects Nothing was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.