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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 5, 2019
Ronald A. Parsons, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Washington Man Sentenced to Over 8 Years for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Everett, Washington, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Nathan Merriel, age 30, was sentenced on August 2, 2019, to 8 years and 3 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from Merriel conspiring with two other people to obtain methamphetamine in Denver, Colordao, for distribution in South Dakota between October 2017 and June 2018.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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


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