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Eagle Butte Woman 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, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on August 17, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Jocelyn Chasing Hawk, a/k/a Jocelyn Bear Eagle, age 39, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Chasing Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 23, 2019. A three-count Superseding Indictment was filed on June 1, 2019.  She pled guilty on June 4, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy beginning in 2017 and continuing through 2019, wherein Chasing Hawk, knowingly and intentionally, conspired with others to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, and in Rapid City, South Dakota.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 18, 2020

Drug Trafficking
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