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Hill City Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Hill City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 1, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Darrick Bessman, age 37, was sentenced to 120 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

From October 2013 through September 2015, Bessman conspired with others to distribute, and distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine within South Dakota.

This case was investigated by Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted L. McBride and Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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

Updated July 6, 2016

Drug Trafficking