Two West River individuals sentenced on methamphetamine charges

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two West River residents have been sentenced to federal prison time for methamphetamine-related charges.

Daniel Gray Eagle, age 39, was sentenced on December 14 to 188 months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and two counts Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. The conspiracy charge stated that Gray Eagle knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in South Dakota. Gray Eagle routinely traveled to Rapid City to acquire large amounts of methamphetamine, which he distributed in Eagle Butte. His first possession count came after a high-speed chance on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in January 2018, and the second from a foot pursuit in March of the same year.

Melanie Vance, age 37, was sentenced on December 7 to seven years for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance after pleading guilty in US District Court. From July to December 2019, methamphetamine was brought from Nevada to South Dakota by others. Vance then dispersed the meth for use or distribution.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office routinely updates the public regarding methamphetamine-related arrests in “an illegal drug epidemic.” Citizens are asked to call (605) 394-2151 to report suspected drug activity. Addiction treatment options are available at the Care Campus at (605) 394-6128.

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