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California Man Sentenced to More than Seven Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — David Ruger, 44, of Long Beach, California, was sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence presented to the Court showed that over several years, Ruger was involved in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. Ruger’s role in that conspiracy was as a methamphetamine source of supply for distributors in South Carolina. Over the course of the conspiracy, Ruger was attributed more than four kilograms of methamphetamine. 

United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced Ruger to 87 months in prison, to be followed by a 5-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Flynn prosecuted the case.



Brook Andrews, First Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office,, (803) 929-3000

Updated February 27, 2023

Drug Trafficking