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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Friday, June 3, 2016

California Woman Sentenced for Possession and Distribution of Narcotics

BISMARCK –  U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on June 2, 2016, Victoria Elaine Reyes, a/k/a Victoria Elaine Allen, 46, Taft, California, was sentenced before U.S. District Daniel L. Hovland on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Heroin).

Reyes pled guilty to the charges on February 17, 2015. Judge Hovland sentenced Reyes to serve 15 years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release on each count, to be served concurrently.  Reyes was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

In early 2014, law enforcement officials with the Southwest Narcotics Task Force in Dickinson, North Dakota, were investigating the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin in western North Dakota.  On March 23, 2014, related to this investigation, a traffic stop was made near Bowman, North Dakota, and law enforcement officials seized approximately two pounds of methamphetamine and a half pound of heroin that had been transported from California.  Three individuals in the vehicle were arrested, including Reyes.  Reyes had arranged for the transportation of the drugs and intended to distribute them in western North Dakota.

The case was investigated by the Southwest Narcotics Task Force, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 3, 2016