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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

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

ABERDEEN - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 5, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Galen Cleveland Iron Cloud, age 31, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, forfeiture of $4,354 in U.S. currency, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Iron Cloud was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in September 2021. He pleaded guilty on May 17, 2022.

Between 2018 and 2021, Iron Cloud knowingly conspired with others to distribute between 50 and 200 grams of methamphetamine in South Dakota. Iron Cloud was primarily involved with distributing methamphetamine within the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. 

This case was investigated by the FBI, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, Mobridge Police Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency, Corson County Sheriff’s Office, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Department, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 9, 2022

Drug Trafficking