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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, January 6, 2020
Ronald A. Parsons Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Rapid City Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison on Drug Charge

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Dustin Seegrist, age 37, was sentenced on January 3, 2020, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The charge related to Seegrist possessing more than 310 grams of methamphetamine and 2 firearms at Rapid City in September 2018, which was found in a backpack hidden underneath Seegrist’s sweatshirt after he came into contact with a Rapid City police officer.

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity. Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers. It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in

order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce

violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department

of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership

with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

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