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California Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Yuba City, California, man who was convicted at a federal jury trial in October 2019 of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 28, 2020, by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.  

Juan Porcayo, age 49, was sentenced to a total of 14 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

From approximately January 2016 to September 2017, while living in California, Porcayo supplied approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine to persons in Rapid City, South Dakota, for distribution. 

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, which is comprised of investigators from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. 

Porcayo was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated March 8, 2020

Drug Trafficking