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Press Release

Indiana Woman Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Bloomington, Indiana, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana was sentenced on November 4, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Sarah Worthman, age 26, was sentenced to time served as of December 2, 2019, (125 days), followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Worthman was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 5, 2019.  She pled guilty on August 19, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on February 21, 2019, where Worthman, and co-defendant Branden Lee, were stopped by law enforcement for speeding on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation while driving a U-Haul truck.  The traffic stop uncovered approximately 150 pounds of marijuana hidden in couches in the cargo hold.  Lee had purchased the marijuana in California and was planning to distribute it in and around Chicago, Illinois.  

Lee previously pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

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 Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

Updated November 6, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking