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October 20, 2014

Manderson Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Manderson, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana was sentenced on October 15, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Robert Dale Martin, age 47, was sentenced to 60 years in custody, four years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Martin was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances by a federal grand jury on February 20, 2014. He pled guilty on June 27, 2014.

Beginning in the year 2000 through 2012, Martin received pound quantities of marijuana and brought it into South Dakota for further distribution. Martin engaged in a supervisory role and distributed more than 100 kilograms of marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation during this conspiracy.

This case was investigated by Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, which includes the following agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Division of Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, Fall River County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fall River State’s Attorney’s Office. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations also assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride prosecuted the case.

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

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