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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 30, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Elliot Robert Blue Coat, age 41, was sentenced to 87 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a fine of $1,000, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Blue Coat was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 14, 2017.  He pled guilty on August 15, 2017.

Between April 2014 and June 2017, Blue Coat knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota.

Blue Coat received distributable quantities of methamphetamine and distributed some of the methamphetamine in South Dakota.  The individuals who provided Blue Coat with the methamphetamine knew that he intended to engage in further distribution.  Blue Coat admitted that it was reasonably foreseeable to him that more than 500 grams of methamphetamine would be distributed during the course of the conspiracy.

Blue Coat also admitted to distributing methamphetamine in Eagle Butte twice on December 30, 2016, and once on January 12, 2017.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

Updated November 2, 2017

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