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Rapid City Man Sentenced For Possession Of A Firearm In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking Crime

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Crime was sentenced on January 3, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Jay Paul Gallego, age 28, was sentenced to 60 months in custody, 3 years of Supervised Release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Gallego was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 23, 2013.  He pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Crime on October 4, 2013.
On December 11, 2012, Gallego possessed with intent to distribute one gram of methamphetamine which was found during a search of his house.  Law enforcement agents also found baggies, paraphernalia, and two firearms.
This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Shattuck prosecuted the case.
Gallego was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015