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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota
Alison J. Ramsdell, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

RAPID CITY, S.D. — U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The sentencing took place August 4.

Scott Deisinger, 52, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. He also forfeited his interest in three firearms and accompanying ammunition. Deisinger was indicted for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person by a federal grand jury in October 2022. He pleaded guilty on April 14.

On August 7, 2022, Rapid City Police Department pulled over a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Deisinger was the driver and sole occupant. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement located marijuana, approximately 90 grams of methamphetamine, items indicative of drug distribution and three firearms. Two of the firearms had been reported stolen.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, which is a local drug task force comprised of law enforcement from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the South Dakota National Guard. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

Deisinger was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.


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