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South Dakota Man Sentenced to Over 12 Years for Meth Distribution

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Harrison, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on February 13, 2023.

James Dean Houseman, 62, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Houseman was indicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in March of 2022. He pleaded guilty on November 8, 2022.

In October of 2021, Houseman was pulled over by a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper. After a search of the vehicle, the trooper found more than five grams of pure methamphetamine, which Houseman had separated out into smaller baggies in order to distribute them into the community. In the vehicle, troopers also found a loaded magazine containing Ruger .22 ammunition. A later search of Houseman’s house revealed a loaded semiautomatic .22 caliber Phoenix pistol and an additional 15 pounds of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Ebert, who also serves as a prosecutor with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

Houseman was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



Updated February 15, 2023

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