United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 13, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol.
Pierre Patrick LeClaire, a/k/a “Uncle,” age 47, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
LeClaire was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 3, 2020. He pled guilty on July 16, 2020.
During his involvement, LeClaire and co-conspirators transported and distributed methamphetamine in South Dakota and elsewhere. They were aware that the methamphetamine supplied would be distributed to drug customers in South Dakota. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Iowa State Patrol, and the State of Iowa Department of Public Safety. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash prosecuted the case.
LeClaire was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.