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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 23, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Sierra Bridwell, a/k/a Sierra Red Water, a/k/a Sierra High Elk, age 22, was sentenced to the mandatory minimum, 60 months in federal prison, 4 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Bridwell was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2017. She pled guilty on May 2, 2018.

The conviction stems from a conspiracy beginning in at least March of 2017, when it was discovered that Bridwell and her co-Defendant received distributable quantities of methamphetamine and distributed some of that methamphetamine in South Dakota. The individuals who provided them with the distributable quantities of methamphetamine knew that Bridwell and her co-Defendant intended to engage in further distribution of the methamphetamine.

It was reasonably foreseeable to Bridwell that at least 200 grams of methamphetamine would be distributed during the course of the conspiracy.

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance.

This case was investigated by 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.

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

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Updated July 26, 2018