Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on April 26, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Ryan James Sandberg, age 19, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Sandberg was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2020. He pled guilty on February 10, 2021.
The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning on an unknown date and continuing until on or about September 1, 2020, when Sandberg knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with others to distribute a mixture and substance containing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Sandberg voluntarily and intentionally joined in the agreement to distribute methamphetamine. Sandberg also knew the purpose of the agreement. Sandberg obtained over 500 grams of methamphetamine from a co-conspirator and re-distributed to other co-conspirators in the District of South Dakota and elsewhere. Sandberg knew the methamphetamine would then be distributed to drug customers. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance.
This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.
Sandberg was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.