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Prosecution of Pine Ridge drug ring is complete

Rapid City, South Dakota (AP) 8-07

The last of 27 people charged in connection with a major drug ring on the Pine Ridge Reservation has pleaded guilty.

Maritza Perez, 25, Denver, pleaded guilty during August to a charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29. Five of the defendants were convicted at trial; 22 pleaded guilty.

Two defendants received 70-month prison sentences. Others sentenced so far received at least 10 years in prison.

Geraldine Blue Bird, whom prosecutors say was the ringleader, was sentenced to 34 years in prison.
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