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Arizona Man Sentenced to 45 Years is the Last Co-Conspirator Sentenced in a Multi-Defendant International Meth Conspiracy

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Kingman, Arizona, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on November 27, 2023.

Rusty James Driscoll, 39, was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Driscoll was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in March of 2022. He was found guilty by a federal jury on August 4, 2023.

In 2022, Driscoll, and at least 17 other co-conspirators, who were all previously indicted and sentenced, were involved in a large-scale multiple pound methamphetamine conspiracy stretching from Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, then finally making its way to South Dakota. Driscoll had a direct connection to import methamphetamine from a source in Mexico. He coordinated shipments of methamphetamine to co-conspirators in South Dakota and Louisiana, who then distributed it to others in those areas. 

Agents identified the South Dakota cell leader of this organization as Christopher Daniels, who previously received a sentence of 30 years for his involvement in the conspiracy. Daniels obtained methamphetamine from Sean Gross, who lived in Arizona and sourced methamphetamine from Driscoll. Gross was sentenced to 26 years and eight months in prison for his involvement.  In addition to Daniels in South Dakota, Gross and Driscoll also sent multiple pounds of methamphetamine to Jessica Johnson in Louisiana. Johnson received a sentence of 14 years for her involvement. Agents determined that Daniels was personally responsible for distributing at least 120 pounds of methamphetamine in South Dakota. Driscoll played a lead role in this conspiracy and was responsible for directing the quantities, prices, payments, and shipments of multiple multi-pound deliveries of methamphetamine to South Dakota and elsewhere. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, IRS, SD Division of Criminal Investigation, SD Highway Patrol, and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Hodges prosecuted the case.

Driscoll was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

Updated December 4, 2023

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