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Utah Man Sentenced to 110 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a West Valley, Utah, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on May 16, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Alfredo Chavez Mendoza, a/k/a Alfredo Chavez-Mendoza, a/k/a Maniac, a/k/a Julian, age 27, was sentenced to 110 months in custody, followed by 4 years of supervised release, a fine of $500, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Mendoza was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 13, 2016. He pled guilty on February 6, 2017.

Beginning in August of 2015, and continuing through April of 2016, Mendoza knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute between 350 and 500 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in South Dakota. Mendoza came to South Dakota with friends to “scope things out” and sell drugs. Mendoza admitted to selling methamphetamine to Kristina Lofton, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in and around Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and sentenced in January of 2017. Mendoza admitted he received distributable quantities of methamphetamine to distribute in South Dakota, and that he provided others with methamphetamine to further distribute.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

Updated May 26, 2017

Drug Trafficking