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Louisiana Man Sentenced in Cocaine Conspiracy

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Shreveport, Louisiana, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on February 13, 2023.

Orlando Mandel Debrow, 49, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Debrow was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in May of 2022. He pleaded guilty on November 28, 2022.

Debrow, along with his co-conspirator, Joseph Dean McKinney, distributed 500 grams or more of cocaine in the State of South Dakota. Their involvement in this conspiracy ended when a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper stopped their vehicle and located over 500 grams of cocaine in a search.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Hodges prosecuted the case.

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



Updated February 15, 2023

Drug Trafficking