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White River Man Sentenced 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 White River, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on April 11, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Stephan George Jones, age 45, was sentenced to 120 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2016. He pled guilty on January 24, 2017.

Between September of 2013 and May of 2016, Jones knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in South Dakota. Jones received distributable quantities of methamphetamine from individuals who knew that he intended to engage in further distribution of it. Jones also provided methamphetamine to others, knowing that they intended to engage in further distribution of it within South Dakota. It was reasonably foreseeable to Jones that more than 500 grams of methamphetamine would be distributed during the course of the conspiracy. Jones admitted that between 1.5 and 5 kilograms of methamphetamine was involved in the criminal offense, and that he was an organizer, leader, manager, or supervisor in the criminal activity.

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

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

Updated April 14, 2017

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