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Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

November 8, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that David Scott Wright, age 49, of Scottsdale, AZ, appeared before Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier on November 7, 2012, and pled guilty to an Indictment that charged him with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum sentence of 40 years and/or a $5 million fine.

Wright was part of a group of people who agreed to distribute methamphetamine in South Dakota and elsewhere. Between August 2011 and January 2012, Wright distributed methamphetamine to co-conspirators who had traveled to Arizona and then returned to South Dakota to distribute the drug.

The investigation was conducted by the SD Division of Criminal Investigation and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney John E. Haak.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for January 28, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal pending sentencing.



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