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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Martin Man Sentenced For Distribution Of Morphine

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Martin, South Dakota, man convicted of two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on September 12, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court. 
Alex Lee Salway, age 54, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day on each count to run concurrently, 6 years of supervised release on each count to run concurrently, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The charges stem from Salway selling and distributing morphine pills within 1,000 feet of the Martin Grade School, a public elementary school in Martin, at two separate times on January 27, 2012.  A federal jury in Rapid City found Salway guilty of both counts on June 20, 2013.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, the Martin Police Department, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Shattuck prosecuted the case.

Salway remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015