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Spearfish Man Sentenced on Conspiracy Charge

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Spearfish, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Jacob Papka, age 25, was sentenced on December 17, 2019, to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stemmed from Papka obtaining heroin and distributing it to others between February 2017 and February 2019 near Spearfish.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Spearfish Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 19, 2019

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