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Last of 15 Defendants Sentenced in Meth Conspiracy

June 13, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Heron Lake, MN, man charged with a drug conspiracy was sentenced on June 13, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Jeffery Freking, age 60, was sentenced to 87 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $100,000.

Freking was indicted for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine by a federal grand jury on September 8, 2010. He pled guilty to the offense on December 2, 2010.

Freking was among a total of 15 individuals indicted in the conspiracy which began in early 2006. Methamphetamine was purchased in Minnesota and elsewhere and brought to Sioux Falls where it was sold and consumed by the conspirators.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force; the Worthington, Minnesota, Police Department; the Jackson County, Minnesota, Sheriff's Office; the Minnesota State Patrol; the Nicollet County, Minnesota, Sheriff's Office; the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; the Heron Lake, Minnesota, Police Department; and the Sioux Falls Police Department. Assistant US Attorney John E. Haak prosecuted the case.

Freking was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.

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