You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Arizona Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Arizona man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, was sentenced on July 17, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Monte Dinehdeal, a/k/a Monte Dineh Deal, age 41, was sentenced to 120 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, a fine of $1,000, the forfeiture of a firearm and ammunition, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Dinehdeal was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 16, 2016.  He pled guilty on April 25, 2017.

Between January 1, 2013 and September 17, 2015, Dinehdeal knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in South Dakota.  Dinehdeal received distributable quantities of methamphetamine and distributed some of that methamphetamine in South Dakota.  The individuals who provided Dinehdeal with the methamphetamine knew that he intended to engage in further distribution.  Dinehdeal admitted that it was reasonably foreseeable to him that more than 500 grams of methamphetamine would be distributed during the course of the conspiracy.

During the execution of a search warrant on September 17, 2015, law enforcement seized a firearm and ammunition from Dinehdeal’s pickup truck. The firearm and ammunition were subsequently forfeited.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Federal Bureau of Investionation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 4, 2017