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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, July 28, 2023

Wyoming Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Gillette, Wyoming, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The sentencing took place on July 21, 2023.

Amos Torres, 48, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Torres was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in September of 2022. He pleaded guilty on May 26, 2023.

During the conspiracy, which began no later than March of 2021, Torres conspired with multiple other persons in western South Dakota and surrounding states to obtain large volumes of methamphetamine. Torres then distributed the methamphetamine to others for use and further distribution. Overall, Torres was responsible for obtaining between 1.5 and 5 kilograms. During the conspiracy, Torres also possessed firearms.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET) 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 Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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


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