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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Vacaville, California, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.


James Scott Ferguson, age 56, was sentenced on October 15, 2018, to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.


The conviction stemmed from Ferguson obtaining high purity methamphetamine in California and then distributing at least 20 grams of it to individuals in Rapid City, using the U.S. Postal Service in 2016 and 2017.  Law enforcement intercepted a package Ferguson sent to South Dakota for distribution in April 2017.


This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.


Ferguson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.