States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on March 11, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
David Andrews, age 32, was sentenced to time served (222 days), 1 year of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Andrews was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18, 2012. He pled guilty to an Information on February 21, 2013.
The conviction stems from an incident wherein a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper came upon a vehicle with its hood up, located along the side of Highway 44. There was smoke coming from under the hood and the vehicle's hazard lights were on. The trooper stopped to provide assistance. There were three men with the vehicle, and Andrews was sitting in the back seat. During the trooper's contact with the three men, a pack of Newport cigarettes stuffed with a plastic bag containing 12.8 grams of methamphetamine was found near the air intake near the front left fender of the vehicle. Additionally, trace amounts of marijuana were located inside the head band of a baseball cap located in the back seat. A glass pipe was also found stuffed in between the rear seat cushions. A urine sample was obtained from Andrews who tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, and marijuana.
The investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.