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Rapid City Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 17, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Amber Atchley, age 32, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Atchley was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2021 and pleaded guilty in February 2022.  The conviction stems from Atchley conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in South Dakota and elsewhere between March and June 2021.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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


Updated August 18, 2022

Drug Trafficking