Meth Dealer Pleads Guilty, Faces $5 Million Fine
A Hardin man accused of selling methamphetamine as part of an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking based on the Crow Indian Reservation admitted to a distribution crime Thursday, Sept. 28, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said in a press release.
Anthony Springfield, 22, pleaded guilty to distribution of meth. Springfield faces a mandatory minimum of five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release.
Springfield was detained pending further proceedings. His sentence was set for Jan. 31, 2024.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters presided.
According to the news release, the government alleged in court documents that federal law enforcement, in a collaborative effort with local and tribal law enforcement, investigated large-scale, multiple- state narcotics trafficking activity centered on multiple properties on the Crow Indian Reservation.
The properties, including one referred to as Spear Siding, were a source of supply of meth for both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations, the news release said. Springfield is one of the individuals affiliated with the investigation.
The government further alleged that in November 2022, law enforcement purchased meth from Springfield.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI conducted the investigation. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make neighborhoods safer for everyone.