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UPDATE: No prison time for suspects in large SD drug bust

UPDATED Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 10:40 a.m.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Men from Minnesota and Wisconsin caught hauling a large amount of marijuana through South Dakota will not serve any additional jail time if they stay out of trouble.

Sixty-four-year-old Dennis Krivinchuk of Superior, Wisconsin, and 66-year-old Richard Ward, of Duluth, Minnesota, have been sentenced to time already served, probation and fines.

Authorities say the men had 60 pounds of marijuana and 150 grams of hashish when a Highway Patrol trooper stopped them on Interstate 90 near Rapid City last November. They pleaded guilty to drug charges last month in a deal with prosecutors.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1i0CFVL ) that each man spent about a month in jail. Krivinchuk could faces two years in prison if he violates probation, and Ward could face five years if he gets in trouble.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, May 9, 2014 --- 11:01 a.m.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Men from Minnesota and Wisconsin caught with two duffel bags of marijuana during a traffic stop in South Dakota have pleaded guilty to drug charges.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1kX84f3 ) that the state Attorney General's Office has negotiated plea agreements with 64-year-old Dennis Krivinchuk of Superior, Wisconsin, and 66-year-old Richard Ward, of Duluth, Minnesota.

The deals call for minimal jail time, though a judge must agree. Krivinchuk could face up to five years in prison and Ward up to 15 years. They're to be sentenced on June 3.

Authorities say the men had 60 pounds of marijuana and 150 grams of hashish when a Highway Patrol trooper stopped them on Interstate 90 near Rapid City last November.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 --- 8:55 a.m.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Bond has been set at $60,000 for men from Minnesota and Wisconsin who authorities say were caught hauling a large amount of marijuana through South Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal reports that a Highway Patrol trooper stopped 64-year-old Dennis Krivinchuk of Superior, Wis., and 66-year-old Richard Ward, of Duluth, Minn., on Monday afternoon.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the men allegedly had 60 pounds of marijuana and 150 grams of hashish in their vehicle.

Both men face drug possession charges. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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