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South Dakota man convicted on drug charge sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A South Dakota man who was involved in a drug and gun ring that authorities busted in 2013 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier also ordered 56-year-old Patricio Rodriguez Pena to five years of supervised release. The Watertown man earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Pena was arrested in May 2013 as part of the "Operation Black Widow" of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities indicted nearly a dozen people in South Dakota for trafficking and firearm offenses following the ring bust.

Prosecutors say Pena provided "ice" methamphetamine with an at least 80 percent purity to various co-conspirators to distribute in the state and elsewhere.

Pena is under the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service.

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