SISSETON, S.D. — Four Watertown residents and a man from San Diego, Calif., have been sent to federal prison to terms ranging from four years to 18 years for a California to northeast South Dakota meth distribution ring.
The ring was apparently uncovered after Victor Manuel Caperon, 36, of San Diego and Joshua Noel Paul, 38, of Watertown were caught on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Corson County in north-central South Dakota during a traffic stop on Feb. 28, 2018, with six pounds of meth in their vehicle.
The meth, said the U.S. Attorney's office for South Dakota, was intended for sale in the Sisseton and Watertown areas.
Paul was given the harshest sentence of almost 18 years because a firearm was also involved in his case. Caperon was given 10 years in prison.
Also sentenced as part of the case were Amos Lee Hall IV, 35, of Watertown, almost eight years, Dayvon Byrd, 29, of Watertown, five years and Alexis Dumarce, 31, Watertown, four years.
All were convicted of possession or conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance or both.