United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota, man convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 24, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Steven James Bull Bear, age 48, was sentenced to time served, 2 years' supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
On November 5, 2012, Bull Bear sold 26.6 grams of marijuana near Kyle, South Dakota, to an individual cooperating with law enforcement officers. Bull Bear pled guilty to the charge Distribution of a Controlled Substance on July 16, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride prosecuted the case.