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Crow Creek man sent to prison for drugs, conspiracy

A Crow Creek man who was convicted of conspiracy and distribution of a controlled substance was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Royce Kirkie, 35, was sentenced on each count to 37 months of imprisonment and two years of supervised release, with the sentences to run concurrently, or at the same time.

Kirkie was also ordered to pay $200 to the Victim Assistance Fund.

He was indicted for the charges by a federal grand jury on July 18. The conspiracy charge stems from incidents occurring between Feb. 13, 2011, and April 20, 2011, in Buffalo County, in which Kirkie combined and conspired with another defendant to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The distribution charge stems from an incident on April 13, 2011, when Kirkie sold marijuana, according to the release.

The investigation was conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. Kirkie was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.