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Iowa Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux City, Iowa, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on January 28, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Veronica Arciniega, age 42, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Arciniega was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2019.  She pled guilty on November 7, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from a methamphetamine conspiracy beginning in at least February 2019, where Arciniega, who had the source of methamphetamine in Iowa, brought ounces of methamphetamine to a home in the Sicangu Village.  Arciniega and others distributed the methamphetamine in and around the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Valentine, Nebraska Police Department, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated January 28, 2020

Drug Trafficking