Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Science and Technology
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Sioux Falls Man and Arizona Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

 United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man and a Phoenix, Arizona, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance were sentenced on May 18, 2020, and August 26, 2020 respectively, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Marcus Anthony Durrani, age 21, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Steven Wayne Knecht, age 47, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Durrani and Knecht were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2019.  Durrani pled guilty on February 24, 2020, and Knecht pled guilty on June 3, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning on an unknown date and continuing until approximately May 5, 2019, when both Durrani and Knecht reached an agreement or came to an understanding to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota.  Methamphetamine is a Scheduled II controlled substance.  They voluntarily joined in the agreement and knew the purpose of the understanding.

Durrani would receive methamphetamine from a co-conspirator in South Dakota and he would then re-distribute it to other co-conspirators for sale to their own customers.  Durrani was aware that that methamphetamine would be resold.

Knecht drove a vehicle that contained approximately 50 pounds to methamphetamine to a co-conspirator in Sioux Falls at the direction of others.  Knecht did not ask, but was aware that he was assisting co-conspirators in the distribution of a controlled substance.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Iowa State Patrol, and the State of Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.

Durrani and Knecht were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.