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Rosebud Man Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 1, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Lawrence Bordeaux, age 31, was sentenced to 21 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  He will also forfeit $1,200 seized during his arrest.

Bordeaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 10, 2014.  He pled guilty on March 3, 2015.

The conviction arose from a March 2014 traffic stop on the Rosebud Reservation, when Bordeaux did not have a driver’s license and was suspected of being under the influence. When a police service dog indicated twice on the vehicle, Bordeaux was patted down and placed in the patrol car. Officers found three rolled bundles of money that totaled $1,200 in Bordeaux’s pocket, and a digital scale and a marijuana cigarette in his vehicle. During the booking process, Bordeaux admitted he had hidden some plastic baggies on his person. These baggies contained a white powder residue. When Bordeaux was escorted to the shower room, he pulled out three more containers that contained 7.48 grams of methamphetamine. Bordeaux admitted that he had been distributing methamphetamine, mainly 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 Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015