Arizona Man Sentenced to 45 Years is the Last Co-Conspirator Sentenced in a Multi-Defendant International Meth Conspiracy
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Marques Smith, a/k/a CC, age 37, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine as a result of a 3-day federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of at least 10 years up to life in federal prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine, at least 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Smith was indicted on March 12, 2019, and a Superseding Indictment was filed on October 16, 2019.
Beginning no later than January 1, 2011, and continuing to October 11, 2017, Smith knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The trial testimony showed the conspiracy involved distributing methamphetamine in Sioux Falls and on the Crow Creek, Lower Brule, and Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservations. Smith and his co-conspirators traveled to Kansas City, Missouri; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Grand Island, Nebraska, to acquire methamphetamine, which would be distributed in South Dakota.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Drug Enforcement, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Minnehaha County Sherriff’s Office, the Pierre Police Department, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.
A sentencing date has not been set. Smith was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.