SIOUX FALLS — Seven South Dakotans have been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier for their roles in a large-scale methamphetamine conspiracy.
According to a press release from United States Attorney Ron Parsons, the seven are: Justin Robert Christensen, 31, Sioux Falls; Nicholas Scott Flier, 26, Valley Springs; Paris Bryn Koller, 26, Pierre; Brandon Alan Watters, 25, Sioux Falls; Kasie Mae Vogt, 31, Armour; Amanda Leigh Wieman, 32, Sioux Falls; and Tanya Jeanette Andrews, 44, Pierre.
They 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, and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Christensen pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in September 2019.
On Feb. 10, 2020, Christensen was sentenced to 280 months in custody, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
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 amassed from the sale of methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force.