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Little Eagle Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

ABERDEEN - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann has sentenced a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on October 30, 2023.

Jesse James Clairmont, age 54, was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Clairmont was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in February of 2021. He pleaded guilty on July 24, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from Clairmont distributing methamphetamine primarily within the Standing Rock Indian Reservation between January 1, 2015, and February 8, 2021. During the time frame of the conspiracy, Clairmont was responsible for distributing at least 50 grams but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen prosecuted the case.

Clairmont was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 2, 2023

Drug Trafficking
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