Belle Fourche Man Convicted of Drug Conspiracy
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that Anthony Klein a/k/a Tony Klein, age 35, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance following a 3-day federal jury trial in Rapid City, South Dakota. The jury returned the verdict on July 1, 2016.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of a minimum of 5 years and not more than 40 years in custody and/or a $5,000,000 fine, 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The Indictment charged that in the Spring of 2014, Klein conspired and agreed with other persons to intentionally distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in South Dakota.
This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Belle Fourche Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Poppen and Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.