Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020.

The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in S

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020.

The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in S

South Dakota Governor Announces Secretary Hepler to Retire

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Kelly Hepler, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), will retire, effective December 15, 2020.

“Kelly is an accomplished leader and has been a fierce advocate in the fish and wildlife resource management field for over 40 years,” said Governor Noem.  “He has been a dedicated public servant to the State of South Dakota since 2015, navigating countless challenges to protect our state’s natural resources.  As he retires, I know he will enjoy even more time in our great outdoors, hunting with his dog, Marty.  I wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

Hepler was appointed Secretary of the Game, Fish and Parks by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2015 and has continued to serve under Governor Noem.  Hepler began his career as a fisheries biologist for the Alaska Depar

South Dakota: Mitchell Man John Willard Arcoren, III Sentenced for Assault

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mitchell, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on November 5, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

John Willard Arcoren, III, age 40, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison, followed by eight months of home confinement, two years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Arcoren was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2020.  He pled guilty on August 31, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on May 14, 2020, when Arcoren did forcibly assault, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with a law enforcement officer who was employed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and that such conduct involved physical contact.

This case was investigat

South Dakota: Anthony Story Indicted on Meth Trafficking Charge

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Anthony Story, age 42, was indicted on August 11, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 9, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least three years up to a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about August 14, 2019, Story did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine in Eagle Butte.

The charge is merely an accusation and Story is presumed innocent until and unless proven

South Dakota: Anthony Story Indicted on Meth Trafficking Charge

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Anthony Story, age 42, was indicted on August 11, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 9, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least three years up to a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about August 14, 2019, Story did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine in Eagle Butte.

The charge is merely an accusation and Story is presumed innocent until and unless proven

South Dakota Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns

Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns During the 2021 Legislative Session

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring internship program.

Student interns will work with staff on various projects depending on interests and strengths.  This internship will be heavily involved in the 2021 legislative session.  They will be given the opportunity to observe the lawmaking process in action.  Additional duties include aiding the governor’s general counsel, constituent services, and communications team;  conducting policy research;  preparing policy briefings;  and staffing events.  Internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the state government and the functions of a governor’s office.

College students who would like to be considered for an internship should submit a resu

Antonio Marshall Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking, Firearm Charges

(STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Spring Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on November 5, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Antonio Marshall, age 22, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on each count to run concurrently, three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200, and forfeiture of three firearms and ammunition.

Marshall was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 9, 2020.  He pled guilty on August 17, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that began in January 2017, continuing until March 2018, wherein Marshall conspired with others to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine on the Rosebud Indian reservation.

SD: Justin Westby Sentenced for Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography

(STL.News) –United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wall, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on October 30, 2020, by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court Judge.

Justin Westby, age 46, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stemmed from an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting internet predators.  Westby was arrested and federally indicted following multiple text messages he exchanged with a person Westby believed to be a 15-year-old girl, but who was in fact an undercover agent.  Westby requested sexually explicit images from the 15-year-old undercover persona and proceeded to negotiate the time and place he would meet the minor to enga

South Dakota: Respecting and Recruiting Law Enforcement

South Dakota (STL.News) It has been a tough year for the rule of law and law enforcement in certain parts of our country.  Violent crime has surged in big cities nationwide, and some politicians have gutted officers’ ability to respond to tough situations.  Rioting and looting have devastated many communities.  And calls to “defund the police” have turned into actual budget cuts for the officers who do so much to keep us safe.

So far this year in New York City, more than 2,000 NYPD officers have resigned because more than $1 billion dollars was cut from the  NYPD budget. To date, resignations are up 87% from last year, and those resignations include the Chief of Patrol.

As Seattle looks at cutting $49 million dollars from its police department (on top of cuts already made), they too are seeing mass resignations.  In September, for example, more than twice as many resigna

South Dakota: Rex Leon Burtis Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 26, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Rex Leon Burtis, age 57, was sentenced to 144 months in federal custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Burtis was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  He was found guilty as a result of a federal trial in Sioux Falls on July 30, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning at an unknown date and continuing until about January 7, 2020, when Burtis and other co-conspirators intentionally conspired and obtained 500 grams or more of methamphetamine through the U.S. Postal Service and resold it to others in the District of South Dakota.  Methamphetamine is a Schedu

South Dakota: Former Office Manager for the Rapid City Rush Hockey Team Jennifer Durham Sentenced

South Dakota: Former Office Manager for the Rapid City Rush Hockey Team Jennifer Durham Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion | USAO-SD

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman convicted of two counts of Wire Fraud and one count of Tax Evasion was sentenced by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Judge.

Jennifer Durham, age 42, was sentenced on October 19, 2020, to 37 months in federal prison, and was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution to The Rapid City Rush, $186,277.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, and a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and.

Between February 2010 and June 2019, Durham, while employed as the office manager for Rapid City Professional Hockey, LLC (RCPH), stole $700,000.00 from RCPH.  As part of her duties, Durham was responsible for the business accounting records and recording and