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Yankton Man Sentenced to Over 12 1/2 Years on Fentanyl Conspiracy Charge

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Yankton, South Dakota man convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance was sentenced on October 17, 2022, by District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Ronald D. Minniefield, a/k/a “Zareef Al-amin,” a/k/a “Chicago,” a/k/a “Black,” a/k/a “King,” a/k/a “KO,” 52, was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Minniefield was indicted for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance by a federal grand jury in June of 2021. He pleaded guilty on April 15, 2022.

Minniefield and his co-conspirators knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together, with others known and unknown, to knowingly and intentionally distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing fentanyl.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Hodges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated October 21, 2022