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Arizona Man Sentenced for Role in South Dakota Meth Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Surprise, Arizona, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute 500 Grams of Methamphetamine was sentenced on February 24, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schrerer.

Johnny Gould, age 44, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Gould was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on February 5, 2019.  He pled guilty on November 25, 2019.

Beginning on an unknown date and continuing until on or about September 30, 2017, in the District of South Dakota and elsewhere, Gould did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together, with others known and unknown, to knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture and substance containing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Gould was the source for approximately twenty pounds of methamphetamine that was distributed in South Dakota.    

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

Gould was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated March 8, 2020

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