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Saint Francis Man Sentenced in Drug Conspiracy Case

May 10, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis man charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, by a federal grand jury was sentenced on May 8, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Harvey Covey, age 59, was sentenced to 18 months of custody, 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

The conviction arose from a March 19, 2011, domestic disturbance call to the Rosebud Tribal Police from Harvey Covey’s residence. The officers observed drug paraphernalia at the residence, and they subsequently obtained a search warrant and seized the items. Covey then moved to a new location. On June 7, 2011, a search warrant was issued for Covey’s new residence, where officers located numerous items of drug paraphernalia and residue amounts of drugs. On June 13, 2011, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Harvey Covey. The officers searched the vehicle and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Covey’s car.

Investigation revealed that Harvey Covey and others were involved in a marijuana distribution conspiracy that began in January 2011. During the conspiracy, Covey purchased marijuana on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservations that was later re-distributed. The drug quantity attributed to Covey, based on his role in the conspiracy, is between 2.5 and 5 kilograms of marijuana.
This case was investigated by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Covey was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal's Service to begin serving his sentence.




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