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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 10, 2017

Wakpala Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, was sentenced on July 6, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Brooke Malenia Ducheneaux, age 31, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a fine of $500, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ducheneaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 19, 2017. She pled guilty on April 17, 2017.

Between the March 1, 2014, and January 19, 2017, Ducheneaux knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota. Ducheneaux received distributable quantities of methamphetamine and distributed some of the methamphetamine in South Dakota. The individuals who provided Ducheneaux with methamphetamine knew that she intended to engage in further distribution. Ducheneaux admitted that more than 350 grams of methamphetamine was distributed during the course of the conspiracy.

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

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated July 10, 2017