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Mission Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 16, 2016, by U.S. District Roberto A. Lange.

Julie Little Thunder, age 38, was sentenced to 87 months in custody, 4 years of supervised release, $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and forfeiture of $1,640 in cash.

Little Thunder was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 19, 2015. She pled guilty to the Indictment on December 1, 2015.

On April 9, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Little Thunder’s residence in Todd County, South Dakota. Little Thunder was located in a bedroom in the residence that contained a safe with $1,640 in cash and 34 grams of methamphetamine.  The investigation revealed that beginning in 2013, Little Thunder received distributable quantities of methamphetamine from outside suppliers.  Little Thunder and her suppliers knew she would distribute the methamphetamine in South Dakota.  Over the course of the conspiracy, Little Thunder distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in South Dakota. 

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted McBride and SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

Little Thunder was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated February 18, 2016