United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man convicted of conspiracy to distribute between 50 and 100 kilograms of marijuana was sentenced on August 19, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Eagle Deer will report to the U.S. Marshals Service on August 22, 2013, to begin serving his sentence.
Alfred Eagle Deer, Jr., a/k/a Alfred Eagle Deer, age 31, was sentenced to 28 months of custody, 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Eagle Deer was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 29, 2012, and pled guilty to a Superseding Information on May 29, 2013, that charged him with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, 50-100 kilograms of marijuana.
Between October 2008 and August 2012, Abraham Romero-Perez obtained between 60 and 80 kilograms (132.28 to 176.37 pounds) of marijuana that had been transported into South Dakota. Romero-Perez then sold or fronted (a term for loaning controlled substance to an individual with the intent that the supplier will be paid for the substance after it has been sold) pound quantities of marijuana to other persons, including Gloria Barrera, Andrea Barrera, Joe Buck Colombe, and Jo Ann White Buffalo, knowing that they intended to further distribute the marijuana in South Dakota. Phillip Stands and Eagle Deer assisted the Barreras in redistributing the marijuana. Eagle Deer was fronted quantities of marijuana ranging from one ounce and upwards.
Previously, as part of this same narcotics trafficking conspiracy, Gloria Barrera, Andrea Barrera, Romero-Perez, and Stands were all sentenced. Colombe will be sentenced on October 7, 2013, and White Buffalo will be sentenced on October 21, 2013.
The investigation was conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller.