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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Kenel Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Kenel, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on November 10, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Kelly Moore, age 39, was sentenced to 92 months of custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  In addition, two firearms found in Moore’s possession at the time of his arrest were ordered forfeited.

Moore was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 8, 2015.  He pled guilty to both charges on August 22, 2016.

The conviction stems from a search warrant that was executed on Moore’s residence by Bureau of Indian Affairs police on July 22, 2015.  Found during the search of the residence were two firearms, ammunition, prescription pills, drug packaging material, scales, and drug paraphernalia.  In addition, Moore had 5 small baggies in his pocket, 4 of which contained Methamphetamine.  Moore was placed under arrest and subsequently admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine across the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  As part of the conspiracy, Moore admitted to selling approximately 350 grams of Methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Moore was immediately remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his sentence.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated November 17, 2016