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Iowa Man Sentenced In Methamphetamine Case

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Paullina, Iowa, man convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 25, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Dustin William Coates, a/k/a “DC,” age 27, was sentenced to 108 months in custody and four years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Coates was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2013.  He pled guilty on September 3, 2013.
On January 23, 2013, Coates agreed to sell methamphetamine to a drug customer.  Unknown to Coates, the customer had begun to cooperate with law enforcement.  Later the same day, Coates and the customer met in the parking lot of a Sioux Falls business where Coates sold him over 50 grams of methamphetamine for $3,800.  Law enforcement recorded the transaction.         

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Haak prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015