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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced 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 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 12, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Jacob Macias Cabrera, age 35, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Cabrera was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 8, 2013.  He pled guilty on May 17, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident beginning around October 2011, and until around October 2012, when Cabrera knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with others, to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in the state of South Dakota.

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity.  Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers.  It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.

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 its 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 local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Haak prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 18, 2019

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