Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Injury

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A syringe with ampoules, white powder, a five-dollar bill with bullets and a gun lying on a black glass background. Dangerous bad habits, addiction to drugs and gambling. Crime because of drugs.

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on July 12, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Ignacio Joaquim Veytia, age 24, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Veytia was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 6, 2020. He pled guilty on April 21, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on or about June 18, 2019, when Veytia, knowingly and intentionally distributed fentanyl and said fentanyl resulted in the serious bodily injury of a victim.  The victim smoked the fentanyl provided by Veytia and sustained an overdose, which was reversed by the administration of Narcan.  Fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance.

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This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

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

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