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Rapid City Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charges

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

South Dakota, man convicted of Possession With Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 30, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Thomas Gary Thompson, age 28, was sentenced to 235 months in custody, followed by 6 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Thompson was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2017.  He pled guilty on August 14, 2017.

On March 22, 2017, Thompson was the driver of a vehicle, which crashed east of White River, South Dakota.  Thompson fled from the vehicle on foot carrying four bundles wrapped in cellophane.  Thompson was eventually apprehended by law enforcement.  The four bundles, tested by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s laboratory, contained approximately four pounds of pure methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

Updated November 2, 2017

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