Violent Meth Distribution Ring Member Receives Sixteen Year Sentence
Arapahoe, Wyoming Resident Sentenced on Drug, Firearm and Assault Charges
U.S. Attorney Mark Klaassen announced today that Arapahoe resident Cameron Means-Goodman has been sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal to 195 months of imprisonment, 96 months of supervised release and ordered to pay $410.00 in court costs and $1,590.00 in community restitution. This sentencing follows a jury verdict in February 2018, finding Means-Goodman guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Using and Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Federal Drug Trafficking Crime, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Assault.
Means-Goodman was the leader of violent methamphetamine distribution ring, which had been operating on the Wind River Indian reservation. She and four other defendants were charged as a result of an investigation into a shooting that took place near Arapahoe, Wyoming, in July of last year. Means-Goodman and other defendants who were involved in distribution of methamphetamine went to the property of Joseph Miller where she and her other cohorts fired shots into the occupied residence. The other defendants involved in the case received sentences ranging from three to eight years in federal prison.
"This case is an example of what we can achieve through the combined efforts of federal, local, and tribal law enforcement officers focused on bringing down violent criminal drug distribution operations," said United States Attorney Mark Klaassen. "Methamphetamine continues to be a plague on many of our communities, including those on the Wind River Reservation. My office is committed to identifying criminals who are trafficking these substances to ensure they are brought to justice. We cannot reduce our drug and violent crime problems without a concerted effort and strong partnerships with our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners."
Mr. Klaassen commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerry J. Jacobson, who prosecuted this case, along with paralegal support from Mikala Dawson and the assistance of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Wind River Police Department, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s 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 the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.