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Rapid City Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison 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 on December 6, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Nicholas Perry, age 31, was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

From May 2017 through August 2017, co-conspirator Dana Faulkner transported and arranged transportation of 15-45 kilograms of methamphetamine to South Dakota from Colorado.  Perry was one of the multiple sub-distributors who dealt Faulkner’s methamphetamine in the Rapid City area.  Faulkner was previously sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  UNET is comprised of law enforcement from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota National Guard.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.  Multiple co-conspirators have already been sentenced.

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

Updated December 11, 2019

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