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Colorado Man Sentenced to 15 Years on Drug Charge

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Denver, Colorado, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 17, 2021, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Emilio Hernandez, age 38, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Hernandez was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 19, 2018, and pleaded guilty on April 21, 2021.  Hernandez was found to knowingly be in possession of methamphetamine in April 2018 in Rapid City after Hernandez came into contact with law enforcement.  Hernandez intended to distribute the methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Hernandez was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Updated August 27, 2021

Drug Trafficking