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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman who pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 7, 2020, by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.  

Melanie Vance, age 37, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

From approximately July 2019 to late December 2019, methamphetamine was brought to South Dakota from Nevada by others.  Vance then dispersed the methamphetamine to others for use or distribution.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET), Drug Enforcement Agency, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. 

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

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