Rapid City man sentenced to 25 years for meth charges

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced to 25 years in prison on June 15.

Christopher Yellow Eagle, age 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on December 18, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy beginning around the summer of 2014 when Yellow Eagle obtained methamphetamine from multiple sources that he then distributed in Rapid City, Kyle, and Wanblee, South Dakota.

“This defendant was a major methamphetamine dealer both in Rapid City and the Pine Ridge Reservation for years,” said U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons. “The Badlands Task Force is a model of true inter-governmental, law enforcement teamwork and all of its officers should be congratulated on this historic arrest, conviction, and sentence.”

This case was investigated by the Badlands Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Badlands Task Force has agency members from the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Drug Enforcement, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

Yellow Eagle was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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