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Rapid City Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

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

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

Linda Pastian, age 55, was sentenced on October 3, 2018, to 17½ years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Pastian was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 17, 2017.  The charge related to Pastian 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.

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

Updated October 4, 2018

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