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Allen Woman Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Allen, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 12, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Clara Poor Bear, age 28, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Poor Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 14, 2018.  She pled guilty on May 29, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that occurred between October 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017, where Poor Bear knowingly and intentionally conspired with others, and distributed between 350 and 500 grams of methamphetamine on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Poor Bear was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated August 12, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice