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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Kyle Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance has been sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Derek Tyon, age 25, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.    

Tyon was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 20, 2018, for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.  He pled guilty to that charge on February 15, 2019.

During the course of the conspiracy, Tyon sold methamphetamine primarily on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tyon coordinated with several other individuals over several years to obtain and distribute multiple pounds of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Badlands Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina Nelson prosecuted the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated June 12, 2019