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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Colorado Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Colorado Springs, Colorado, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 13, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

James Andrew Boswell, age 29, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, the forfeiture of two firearms, $1,408.85 in United States currency seized by law enforcement, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Boswell was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 14, 2016. He pled guilty on November 22, 2016.

On May 9, 2016, Boswell was stopped by law enforcement in Lower Brule, South Dakota, on a traffic violation. Law enforcement determined that Boswell had an active arrest warrant for attempted murder out of Colorado. Inside Boswell’s vehicle was found 160 grams of methamphetamine and a cutting agent, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and two firearms. As part of his guilty plea, Boswell admitted that, since April of 2016, he had received distributable quantities of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, from other individuals who knew that he intended to engage in further distribution of methamphetamine, and that he distributed methamphetamine to other individuals in South Dakota. Boswell further admitted that the methamphetamine, cash, and firearms found in his vehicle belonged to him, and that it was reasonably foreseeable to him that more than 50 grams of methamphetamine would be distributed over the course of the conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency, the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated March 2, 2017