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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Drug Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 17, 2009
  • District of South Dakota (605) 330-4400

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine was sentenced on November 17, 2009, by Chief United States District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Brandon Ecoffey, age 26, of Pine Ridge, was sentenced to 60 months' imprisonment, four years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $500 fine and $100 to the Victims Assistance Fund. Ecoffey was indicted by superseding indictment for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana by a federal grand jury on May 22, 2008. Ecoffey and others distributed the drugs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and on June 15, 2009, he pled guilty, admitting to the conspiracy to distribute cocaine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mara M. Kohn. Ecoffey was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.