7 South Dakotans sentenced in meth distribution conspiracy
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Seven South Dakota residents have been sentenced for their involvement in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the state.
Justin Christensen (age 31) of Sioux Falls; Nicholas Flier (age 26) of Valley Springs; Paris Koller (age 26) of Pierre; Brandon Watters (age 25) of Sioux Falls; Kasie Vogt (age 31) of Armour; Amanda Wieman (age 32) of Sioux Falls; and Tanya Andrews (age 44) of Pierre, were indicted for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019. Christensen was also indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Each defendant was charged for their role in conspiring to distribute a mixture and substance containing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Flier, Koller, Watters, Vogt, Wieman, and Andrews entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and were each sentenced in late 2019 to 120 months in custody, followed by five years of supervised release.
Christensen pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in September 2019. On February 10, 2020, Christensen was sentenced to 280 months in custody, followed by 10 years of supervised release.
The investigation revealed that Christensen received over 10 pounds of methamphetamine in the U.S. Mail that he had ordered from the dark web. Christensen distributed the methamphetamine to his co-defendants and others, so they could sell the drugs to their own customers. Christensen utilized various bank accounts and Bitcoin accounts to conceal the nearly $200,000 he gained from the sale of methamphetamine.