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Pine Ridge Woman Sentenced to Three Years and 10 Months for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on September 9, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Shiotah Buckman, age 22, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Buckman was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in February of 2021.  She pleaded guilty to the indictment on May 20, 2022.  Buckman obtained methamphetamine brought to South Dakota by others and then distributed that methamphetamine to others for use and additional distribution.  It was reasonably foreseeable that between 350-500 grams would be distributed during the course of the conspiracy, primarily in the Pine Ridge area.

This case was investigated by the Badlands Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is comprised of agents from the FBI, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Drug Enforcement, Martin Police Department, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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

Updated September 16, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Drug Trafficking