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Minnesota Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

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

Acting United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Browns Valley, Minnesota man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 6, 2022, by Charles B. Kornmann.

Frank Stewart, age 62, was sentenced to twenty seven years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Stewart was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2021.  He pled guilty on December 7, 2021.

In the summer of 2019 Stewart joined an agreement or understanding to distribute methamphetamine, in the District of South Dakota and elsewhere.  During his involvement, he obtained methamphetamine from a co-conspirator and sold it to other co-conspirators. He personally distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine during his involvement in the conspiracy.

This case was investigated by South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Hodges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 9, 2022