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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sioux Falls Man Found Guilty of Methamphetamine Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Alvin Felicianosoto, age 34, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine as a result of a federal jury trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The trial began February 12 and ended February 14, 2018. 

The conspiracy charge, involving over 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine, carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in custody, and/or a $10 million fine, mandatory minimum of 5 years and a maximum of life of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  The possession with intent charge, involving more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine, carries the same penalty. 

Felicianosoto was indicted for possession with intent to distribute by a federal grand jury on November 1, 2016, and a superseding indictment adding the conspiracy charge was filed November 7, 2017. 

On July 20, 2016, Felicianosoto was arrested when he attempted to meet a buyer, and he had 114.3 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.  Law enforcement searched his residence the next day and recovered 109.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Several witnesses testified about Felicianosoto providing methamphetamine to them for distribution in the Sioux Falls area.  The total amount he sold is estimated at over 50 pounds.

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

Felicianosoto was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 21, 2018