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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced to Eight Years and Four Months for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on October 25, 2023.

Jeremiah Little, 40, was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. He was also ordered to forfeit two firearms.

Little was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) by a federal grand jury in September of 2022. He pleaded guilty on August 11, 2023.

In the spring and summer of 2021, Little distributed methamphetamine primarily in Kyle and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. On May 13, 2022, law enforcement located two firearms and drug paraphernalia in a vehicle operated by Little after he fled from them. During the time frame of the conspiracy, Little was responsible for distributing around 200 grams of methamphetamine. On a second occasion in August of 2022, Little again fled from law enforcement, this time leading to seizure of drug paraphernalia.

This case was investigated by Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. 

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

Updated October 27, 2023

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