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Norris Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Norris, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on August 27, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Michael Bettelyoun, age 26, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Bettelyoun was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2018.  He pled guilty on May 29, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from 2017 through 2018, wherein Bettelyoun conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation 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. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 30, 2019

Drug Trafficking