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Mission Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 16, 2016, by U.S. District Roberto A. Lange.

William Paul Whiting, age 42, was sentenced to 120 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Whiting was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 21, 2015. He pled guilty on December 1, 2015. The drug quantity attributed to Whiting as a part of his role in the narcotics trafficking conspiracy was between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

During 2014 and up until his arrest in July of 2015, Whiting was a daily user of methamphetamine. To support his habit, Whiting routinely purchased and sold methamphetamine himself. At one point during that time, Whiting distributed three to four 8-balls (3.54 grams) of methamphetamine daily, seven days a week, or until he ran out. Whiting also recruited two or more individuals who acted as subordinates and distributed methamphetamine for him on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

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. Attorneys Ted McBride and SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated February 18, 2016