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Colorado Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Distribution

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Westminster, Colorado, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 22, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Matthew Steele, age 34, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a fine of $1,000, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Steele was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2018.  He pled guilty on December 10, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on February 10, 2017, following a traffic stop, Steele knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in the District of South Dakota, in and around the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.  Steele admitted that between 40 and 50 grams of methamphetamine was in his possession.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated February 25, 2019

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