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Minneapolis Man Sentenced To 90 Months In Prison For Selling Heroin On The White Earth Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of STEVEN MITCHELL GANT, 38, to 90 months in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin on the White Earth Indian Reservation. GANT, who pleaded guilty on January 16, 2019, was sentenced today before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed with the court, from October 2017 through February 20, 2018, GANT conspired with another individual to distribute heroin on the White Earth Indian Reservation and the surrounding communities. The heroin was obtained from a source in Texas and then transported to Minnesota, where GANT acquired it. GANT admitted to traveling to the White Earth Indian Reservation to sell heroin approximately 25 times.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the West Central Minnesota Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, the White Earth Police Department, and the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:


Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count


  • 90 months in prison
  • Five years of supervised release




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated May 14, 2019

Drug Trafficking