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Lower Brule Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on March 4, 2024.

Garrett Goodlow, age 26, was sentenced to six years and eight months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Goodlow was indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2023. He pleaded guilty on November 30, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy beginning in February of 2022 when Goodlow knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the central South Dakota area, including on the Lower Brule and Crow Creek reservations. Goodlow received distributable quantities of methamphetamine and re-distributed it. During the course of the conspiracy, a traffic stop occurred on February 28, 2023, where Goodlow was arrested after over a pound of methamphetamine was located in his vehicle. 

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the FBI, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated March 6, 2024

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