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Sturgis Woman Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Custody for Drug Trafficking

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken has sentenced a Sturgis, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). The sentencing took place on August 28, 2023

Devan McKenzie, 27, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, followed by five of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

McKenzie was indicted for three counts of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl) by a federal grand jury in December of 2021. She pleaded guilty on April 14, 2023.

Beginning around February of 2020, McKenzie began selling controlled substances with Brook and Dustin Staeffler. The group made arrangements to obtain the drugs in Colorado and then transport them to South Dakota. McKenzie transported the substances on several occasions and recruited her own sub-distributors to further sell the drugs in the Rapid City area. Overall, the conspiracy was responsible for at least 1.29 kilograms of methamphetamine, 857.5 grams of fentanyl, and 860.5 grams of heroin. During the investigation, law enforcement executed search warrants at McKenzie’s residence, and located drugs and items indicating she was actively engaged in selling illegal substances.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, which is local a drug task force comprised of law enforcement from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the South Dakota National Guard. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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

Updated September 1, 2023

Drug Trafficking