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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on December 21, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Arlyn Keckler, age 39, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Keckler was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on October 9, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy beginning in at least May 2015, wherein Keckler was involved with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Keckler distributed 200 grams of methamphetamine during the course of the conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Keckler was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 22, 2020

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