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SD man who used lovers to help sell meth sent to prison for 25 years


SIOUX FALLS -- A 31-year-old Sioux Falls man who used multiple women he was romantically involved with as his assistants in drug dealing in the area has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Jaunte Lamar Berry, who had pleaded guilty earlier to possession of meth with intent to deliver, was sentenced last week in federal court to the prison term followed by four years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Berry was found to be the leader of a drug ring that used the U.S. Postal Service to mail pounds of meth and marijuana from Sacramento, Calif., to Sioux Falls.

A search warrant was issued at Berry’s home where law officers found large amounts of meth, marijuana and a firearm. The court also found that Berry took advantage of his lovers to act as assistants in his drug-dealing scheme.

The case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.