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Chamberlain Man Sentenced For Possession Of A Controlled Substance

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Chamberlain, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 31, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Rodney Hickey, age 49, was sentenced to 12 months of custody, 1 year of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Hickey was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 21, 2013.  He pled guilty on December 16, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident on or about January 12, 2013, when a vehicle operated by Hickey was the subject of a felony traffic stop by a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper.  During the search of the vehicle, the trooper found a pill bottle with 48 pills of various kinds, as well as two baggies of white powder later determined to be methamphetamine.  Also found in the vehicle were firearms, a scale, a glass pipe, a paper snort tube with methadone residue, three baggies with residue amounts of methamphetamine, four syringes, four cook spoons, a film canister with a residue amount of marijuana, ten needles, five Q-tips, and “Hickey Drilling” forms.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015