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Sioux Falls Meth Dealer Sentenced to over 15 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiracy

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 31, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Anthony Wayne Ponca, age 39, was sentenced to 188 months in custody, followed by five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Ponca was indicted for Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine, and for a firearm offense by a federal grand jury. He pled guilty to the Conspiracy charge on April 24, 2017.

Beginning on or about June 2015, and continuing until on or about August 16, 2016, Ponca, along with others, conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine in and around the area of Sioux Falls. Ponca also possessed firearms at this time.

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, which includes Drug Enforcement Administration, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, and the Sioux Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 10, 2017

Drug Trafficking