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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 25, 2016

Four Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Firearm

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that two men and two women have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.  One of the men was also indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

Those indicted on March 15, 2016, were:  Shaun Adam Espino, 42, from St. Francis, South Dakota and Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Rogelio Guel, Jr., a/k/a Roy Guel, 40, from Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Chelsey Sherri Little, a/k/a Chelsey Long Crow, 20, from Mission, South Dakota and Valentine, Nebraska; and Sarah Jean Roblez, 27, from Mission, South Dakota.  Between March 25, 2016, and April 19, 2016, all individuals appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for the charges against Espino is not less than 5 years or more than 40 years in custody and/or a $5,000,000 fine, at least 4 years of supervised release, $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, restitution, and forfeiture of $7,682 in United States currency, a 9mm caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition.   

The maximum penalty upon conviction for the charges against Guel, Little, and Roblez is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years of supervised release, $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution.

The charges are merely an accusation and Espino, Guel, Little, and Roblez are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The Indictment alleges that between January 1, 2015, and March 15, 2016, Espino, Guel, Little, and Roblez knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with other persons to knowingly and intentionally distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine in South Dakota.  The Indictment also alleges that on or about January 15, 2016, in Todd County, South Dakota, Espino knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and knowingly possessed two firearms even though he was prohibited from doing so because he had previously been convicted of a felony, and was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance.

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.   

Espino, Guel, Little, and Roblez were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A jury trial has been set for June 7, 2016.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated April 25, 2016