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Mission Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 13, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Thomas Pacheco, Sr., age 30, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Pacheco was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on August 11, 2020.  He pled guilty on June 21, 2021.

Between January 1, 2015, and January 1, 2020, Pacheco was involved in a conspiracy with several members of his family and others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Rosebud Reservation in central South Dakota.  Pacheco was involved with the distribution of 500 to 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 17, 2021

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