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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
Friday, September 16, 2022

Rapid City Man Sentenced to Three Years and One Month for Heroin Trafficking

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 24, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Isiah Hunter, age 29, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Hunter was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in May of 2019. He pleaded guilty on March 16, 2022. Hunter was responsible for distributing between 100 grams and 400 grams of heroin during his involvement in the conspiracy. Hunter obtained distributable amounts of heroin and then distributed it to others primarily in the Rapid City area. Oftentimes he would set up deals between the source and other parties obtaining heroin. Four other co-defendants have already been sentenced.

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, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the South Dakota National Guard. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina Nelson prosecuted the case.

Hunter was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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