U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, man charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on August 1, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Merle Seeking Land, age 31, was sentenced to 78 months’ custody and five years of supervised release.
Seeking Land was indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2010. The charge stems from the defendant knowingly and intentionally combining, conspiring, confederating, and agreeing with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers, a Schedule II controlled substance.
During the period of time charged in the indictment, Seeking Land brought methamphetamine from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the Ft. Thompson area on a number of occasions. The defendant delivered gram quantities of methamphetamine to others for further distribution.
This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride prosecuted the case.
Seeking Land was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.