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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Rudolph Engel, age 63, was sentenced on February 25, 2019, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Engel was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury on September 17, 2017.  The conviction stems from Engel conspiring with others in receiving at least 500 grams of methamphetamine from California and Colorado, and then distributing it in the District of South Dakota between 2016 and 2017. 

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

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

Updated February 26, 2019

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