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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on May 10, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Senthong Phiengsai, a/k/a “Chino,” a/k/a “Noy,” age 42, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Phiengsai was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2020.  He pled guilty on February 19, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from incident beginning on an unknown date and continuing until on or about September 2020, when Phiengsai, along with others, reached an agreement or came to an understanding to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of a substance containing methamphetamine, which is a Schedule II controlled substance.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash prosecuted the case.

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

Updated May 14, 2021

Drug Trafficking