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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 4, 2016

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced in Methamphetamine Case

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on October 31, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

James Joseph Thompson, age 37, was sentenced to 150 months in custody, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Thompson was indicted by a federal grand jury for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance on May 10, 2016.  He was found guilty on August 10, 2016, after a two-day jury trial.

On August 26, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Thompson’s residence in Sioux Falls.  Law enforcement located approximately 19 grams of methamphetamine, drug dealing paraphernalia, and over $26,000 in cash.  During the execution of this warrant, law enforcement learned that Thompson had rented a storage unit in Luverne, Minnesota.  A search warrant was obtained for that storage unit and on August 27, 2015, law enforcement executed the warrant and located approximately 116 grams of methamphetamine and over $36,000 in cash.

Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 4, 2016