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District of South Dakota

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rosebud Woman Sentenced for Methamphetamine Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on April 1, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Machela Chauncey, a/k/a Machela Ryon, age 29, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, 4 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Chauncey was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 14, 2018.  She pled guilty on January 23, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that occurred between October 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017, where Chauncey knowingly and intentionally conspired and distributed methamphetamine on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Police Department and Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated April 3, 2019