An Iowa woman was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this month for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine on a reservation in South Dakota.
Franki Zephier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in October and will spend three years on supervised release following her prison sentence.
According to a factual basis statement filed when Zephier changed her plea, she allowed her home on the Rosebud Sioux reservation to be used for drug distribution in exchange for money and drugs as part of a conspiracy with Marques "C.C." Smith and others between Jan. 1, 2017, and Nov. 14, 2018.
A jury convicted Smith of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Oct. 24, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27.
Zephier was indicted on Nov. 14, 2018. She, Benjamin "Benji" Big Eagle and Brooke Shields were all charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and Smith was indicted in April.
Big Eagle was arrested in Mitchell on April 2 and is currently scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25. Shields, of Fort Thompson, was sentenced in May to 87 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.