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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ft. Thompson Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on October 3, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Lucas Paul Evans, a/k/a Abdul Evans, a/k/a Lucas Harrison, a/k/a Abdul Salom Harrison, a/k/a Abubarker Harrison, a/k/a Abubarker Shabazz Evans, age 29, was sentenced to 94 months in custody, 4 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Evans was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 19, 2016, for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.  He pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, on July 19, 2016.

Prior to sentencing, Evans admitted to distributing over 396 grams of methamphetamine in and around the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Evans admitted making thirteen trips from Ft. Thompson to Utah to obtain methamphetamine for distribution in South Dakota, each time bringing back an ounce (28.3 grams) of methamphetamine.  He purchased each ounce for $800, and would sell it in South Dakota for $300-$350 per 3.54 grams, or for over $8,400 an ounce.  Evans stated that he primarily distributed to two individuals on the reservation and estimated he earned $3,000 per month while distributing drugs.  Other interviews conducted by law enforcement corroborated Evans’ admissions.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 6, 2016