For Immediate Release
Mission Man Sentenced on Meth Trafficking and Firearm Charges
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on January 4, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.
Colt Shaw, age 31, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on each count to run concurrent, four years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200. Forfeiture of firearms was also ordered.
Shaw was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 10, 2020. He pled guilty on October 19, 2020.
The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that began in at least January 2019, wherein Shaw was involved with others to distribute over 300 grams of methamphetamine in and around the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Further, on November 8, 2019, at Mission, Shaw was in possession of two firearms, while being a regular user of methamphetamine.
Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity. Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers. It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see: https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
Shaw was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.