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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

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 October 26, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Rex Leon Burtis, age 57, was sentenced to 144 months in federal custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Burtis was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  He was found guilty as a result of a federal trial in Sioux Falls on July 30, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning at an unknown date and continuing until about January 7, 2020, when Burtis and other co-conspirators intentionally conspired and obtained 500 grams or more of methamphetamine through the U.S. Postal Service and resold it to others in the District of South Dakota.  Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance.

This case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sioux Falls Drug Task Force, and the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

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

Updated October 27, 2020

Drug Trafficking