Rapid City Man Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man  convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on February 24, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Melvin Corbine, age 44, was sentenced to four years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Corbine was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on July 23, 2020.  He pleaded guilty on September 24, 2021.  While involved in the conspiracy, Corbine distributed methamphetamine in the Rapid City area to others for use and distribution.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET), Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  UNET is comprised of law enforcement from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota National Guard, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Corbine was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.