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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Washington Man Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a University Place, Washington, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Dionisio Munoz-Torres, age 29, was indicted on February 23, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on April 4, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 5 years up to 40 years in custody and/or a $5,000,000 fine, 4 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.   

From June 2014 through February 2016, Munoz-Torres conspired and agreed with others to possess and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine within the District of South Dakota.

The charge is merely an accusation and Munoz-Torres is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted L. McBride and Kathryn N. Rich are prosecuting the case.   

Munoz-Torres was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for June 7, 2016.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 23, 2016