Pierre, S.D. (KELO AM) - United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 25, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Alexis Salgado, age 40, was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment; a $1,000 fine; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Salgado was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18, 2012 and he pled guilty to the charge on April 9, 2013.
The charge stems from an incident wherein a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper came upon a vehicle with its hood up sitting on the side of Highway 44. There was smoke coming from under the hood and the vehicle’s hazard lights were on. The Trooper stopped to provide assistance and encountered three men with the vehicle. During the Trooper’s contact with the men, a pack of Newport cigarettes stuffed with a plastic bag containing 12.8 grams of methamphetamine was found near the air intake by the front left fender of the vehicle. Additionally, trace amounts of marijuana were located inside the head band of a baseball cap located in the back seat, and a glass pipe was found in between the rear seat cushions. A urine sample was obtained from Salgado who tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana.
The investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Salgado was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.