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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 5, 2020

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Importation of Controlled Substances

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man who pleaded guilty to two counts of Importation of Controlled Substances, heroin and fentanyl, was sentenced on June 4, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Nathan Reuer, age 26, was sentenced to time served (approximately 16 months), 3 years of supervised release, restitution costs for drug testing, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Beginning on or about February 2018 through early February 2019, the defendant utilized the internet and “darkweb” to order many types of both legal and controlled substances, including heroin and fentanyl.  The packages were sent from outside the United States through the mail system.

This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and UNET (a Rapid City based drug task force comprised of members from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and SD National Guard).  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. 

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Updated June 5, 2020