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District of South Dakota

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Washington Man Sentenced to 210 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Ephrata, Washington, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on June 17, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Martin Purdom, age 53, was sentenced to 210 months in custody on Count 1, and 24 months on Count 2, to run concurrently, followed by 5 years of supervised release on Count 1, and 3 years on Count 2, to run concurrently, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Purdom was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury on April 8, 2015.  He pleaded guilty on October 30, 2015.

From July 2014 through April 2015, Purdom conspired with others to distribute and distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine within South Dakota. Furthermore, on March 19, 2015, Purdom was in possession of a Ruger pistol, and was previously convicted of a felony offense in Washington in 2002.

This case was investigated by Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted L. McBride and Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 2, 2016