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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 11, 2021
Dennis R. Holmes (Acting)
, United States Attorney

Rapid City Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man who pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 4, 2021, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roberto Lange.  

Eric Bonadore, age 52, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

From approximately November 2018 to March 2019, Bonadore brought methamphetamine from Colorado to South Dakota.  Bonadore travelled to Colorado on at least two occasions to obtain methamphetamine from a person introduced to him by a co-defendant.  The defendant then dispersed the methamphetamine to others for use or additional distribution in South Dakota.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET), Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  UNET is comprised of law enforcement from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota National Guard.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. 

Bonadore was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

St. Paul Field Division