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Little Eagle Woman Sentenced for Distribution of Methamphetamine Resulting in Death

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, woman convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death. The sentencing took place on December 12, 2022.

Samantha Lee Uses Arrow, age 29, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Uses Arrow was indicted for Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death by a federal grand jury in October of 2021. She pleaded guilty on September 26, 2022.

In January 2021, in Little Eagle, within the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, Uses Arrow injected methamphetamine into another person, who died from methamphetamine toxicity.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency and Division of Drug Enforcement, the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Mobridge Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 13, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice