A Lower Brule man was sentenced to five months in federal prison Monday for conspiring to distribute marijuana and illegally possessing firearms.
Thomas Eagle Thunder, 21, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange to two years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine and a $200 payment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
On Feb. 15, a law enforcement officer pulled Eagle Thunder over for a missing headlight in low visibility and poor road conditions, according to a press release from U.S. District Attorney Ron Parsons' office. The officer smelled marijuana in Eagle Thunder's vehicle, and a search yielded two plastic baggies of marijuana and two bundles of money.
When Eagle Thunder's residence was later searched, multiple firearms were located. According to the press release, because Eagle Thunder uses a controlled substance, he is not legally allowed to have firearms.
Eagle Thunder was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12 and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person on Sept. 12. He was sentenced to two five-month prison sentences, to run concurrently.
Additionally, Eagle Thunder was ordered to forfeit $5,358.01 in cash and five firearms.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges and was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.