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Colorado Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Colorado man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Aiding and Abetting was sentenced on March 7, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Brandon Jeraye Trejo, age 23, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and forfeiture of $14,902 in cash.

          Trejo was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 9, 2014.  He pled guilty on December 14, 2015.

          The conviction arose from a November 14, 2014, incident when a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in which Trejo was a passenger.  As part of the traffic stop, the vehicle was searched and a duffel bag was found.  Inside the duffel bag the trooper found arrest and bond papers for Trejo, as well as a vacuum-sealed bag that contained a package sealed with black tape.  When the trooper opened the package, he observed that it contained several Ziploc bags.  The Ziploc bags held 14.562 ounces of methamphetamine.  Also, $11,802 was found in another passenger’s purse and $3,100 was found in a package of diapers in the vehicle.

          This case was investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated March 16, 2016