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St. Francis Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 9, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Marti Rosalie Whirlwind Soldier, age 23, was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Whirlwind Soldier was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2018.  She pled guilty on April 30, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from a drug conspiracy that occurred beginning no later than October 15, 2018, and continuing to November 2, 2018, in which Whirlwind Soldier knowingly and intentionally conspired with her co-defendants to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in the District of South Dakota.  At the time of her arrest, law enforcement recovered a firearm, 256 grams of methamphetamine, scales, baggies and other drug trafficking items.

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity.  Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers.  It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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

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

Updated July 12, 2019

Drug Trafficking
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