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Minot Man Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years in Federal Prison for Drug, Gun, and Money Laundering Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

BISMARCK – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on March 18, 2019, Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland, United States District Court, sentenced Dennis Allen Corwin, age 37, Minot, ND, on charges of  Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Possession or Sale of Stolen Firearm; Possession of Firearms by a Prohibited Person; Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun; and Laundering of Monetary Instruments.  Judge Hovland sentenced Corwin to serve 12 1/2 years in federal prison, to be followed by five years supervised release.

In the summer of 2016, law enforcement identified Dennis Corwin as a leader of an organization distributing methamphetamine in North Dakota.  Law enforcement was able to arrange purchases of methamphetamine in Minot and Bismarck, ND, from Corwin.  After Corwin was arrested in Bismarck, approximately five pounds of methamphetamine and 30 firearms were located between his vehicle and shop in Minot, ND.  Further investigation revealed the drug organization had transported in excess of 70 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico to North Dakota.

This case was investigated by the Berthold Police Department, Ward County Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorney Dawn Deitz prosecuted the case.




Updated March 21, 2019