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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pine Ridge Woman Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on January 6, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Tricia Lee Pond, a/k/a Trish Pond, age 42, was sentenced to 60 months in custody, 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Pond was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on April 16, 2013.  She pled guilty on September 6, 2013.

Between 2009 and April 2013, Pond would travel from South Dakota to Denver, Colorado, to obtain marijuana and cocaine for further distribution.  Pond would deliver ounce quantities of cocaine to others, and it is reasonable that she distributed more than 500 grams of cocaine on and around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Shattuck prosecuted the case.
Pond was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015