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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Caifornia Man Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a San Pablo, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Raymundo Cordova, age 33, was indicted on January 26, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on April 4, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 10 years up to life in custody and/or a $10,000,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.   

From January 2013 through January 2016, Cordova conspired and agreed with others to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine within the District of South Dakota.

The charge is merely an accusation and Cordova is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, United States Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted L. McBride and Kathryn N. Rich are prosecuting the case.   

Cordova was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for June 7, 2016.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 23, 2016