Rapid City Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for 17 Years for Drug Conspiracy

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SIOUX FALLS – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on September 12, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Amber Ashlin, age 33, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Ashlin was indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2022 and pleaded guilty in June of 2022. The conviction stems from Ashlin conspiring with others to distribute multiple pounds of methamphetamine in and around Rapid City between January 2018 and December 2021.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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