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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 31, 2013

Wanblee Man Sentenced For Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Distribute

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota man convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute was sentenced on May 16, 2013 by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Clifford Wayne Richards, Jr., a/k/a Beaver, age 56, was sentenced to 3 years' probation, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and 300 hours of community service.

On September 16, 2012, Richards conspired and intentionally distributed more than 50 kilograms or more of marijuana in South Dakota. Richards pled guilty to the charge on December 18, 2012.

This case was investigated as part of Operation Eagle Eye, a controlled substances investigation conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015