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St. Francis Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Distribution

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, was sentenced on June 7, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Richard Charles Young, a/k/a RC Young, age 46, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Young was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 14, 2019.  He pled guilty on March 25, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that occurred between January 2015 and December 2019.  During this time, Young conspired with several others to distribute between 200 and 350 grams of methamphetamine on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in central South Dakota.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 11, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice