Methamphetamine Trafficking on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation Sends Ashland Man to Jail for 10 Years | USAO-MT

BILLINGS – An Ashland man who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, the US attorney said by Acting Leif M. Johnson.

Robert Joseph Speelman, 48, pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on January 21, 2020, a Bureau of Indian Affairs canine officer, while patrolling the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, saw Speelman, a drug addict and known dealer in the reserve, sitting in his truck on the side of the road. Speelman had outstanding tribal warrants. A quick search by the officer during a subsequent arrest resulted in the recovery of a small amount of methamphetamine. There was also a rifle mounted above the rear window. The truck was seized and searched, resulting in the recovery of approximately 68 grams of methamphetamine, $179 in cash and two other firearms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori H. Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a US Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crimes motivated by meth trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses fire and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

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Nohemi M. Moore