Man faces life in prison for drug distribution

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After a four-day trial, South Dakota man has been found guilty of two counts relating to his drug distribution between 2015 to 2018.

The trial revealed that Sioux Falls resident Michael Cooper, 57, was involved in two incidents. In the first, Cooper distributed the controlled substance fentanyl to a Sioux Falls individual, who overdosed on the drug. The man had to be revived by first responders who used two doses of Naloxone — commonly known as narcan — to save the man’s life.

Evidence presented during the trial revealed that Cooper was involved in an ongoing conspiracy to distribute hydromorphone, or Dilaudid, in Sioux Falls. Cooper was a part of the conspiracy from about the beginning of 2015 through August 2018.

For both counts, Cooper faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to a maximum of life, and/or a $1 million to $10 million fine. If released, Cooper would then have a minimum of five years up to life of supervised release. Cooper is set to be sentenced on December 30, 2019.

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