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Rapid City Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 7, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Mark Smith, age 44, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Smith was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on March 18, 2021.  He pleaded guilty on September 23, 2021.  During his involvement in the conspiracy, the Defendant arranged for methamphetamine to be shipped to South Dakota from California.  The methamphetamine was then dispersed to others for use and further distribution.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Smith was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  

Updated February 17, 2022

Drug Trafficking