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Lower Brule Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on November 24, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Philip Battese, a/k/a Philip Anthony Battese, Jr., age 39, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Battese was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 9, 2019.  He pled guilty on July 31, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy beginning in at least January 2016, continuing to April 9, 2019, wherein Battese was involved with several others to distribute at least 200 grams of methamphetamine in and around the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Indian Reservations in South Dakota. The individuals who provided Battese with the methamphetamine knew that he intended to engage in further distribution of the methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Crow Creek Agency and Lower Brule Agency, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated November 25, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice