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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to 97 Months for Drug Offense

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announces that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and five counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine was sentenced on April 18, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Jaime Aroldo Duarte-Lopez, age 24, was sentenced to 97 months in custody, and a $600 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

A superseding indictment was issued against Duarte-Lopez for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and five counts Distribution of Methamphetamine by a federal grand jury on December 15, 2015.  He was found guilty of all counts after a jury trial on January 22, 2016.

In 2014 and 2015, Duarte-Lopez was involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Sioux Falls.  Duarte-Lopez distributed over 175 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. 

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

Updated April 23, 2016

Drug Trafficking