Man gets 20 years for bringing meth into South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methampetamine.

Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court, sentenced 61-year-old Patrick Okroi on Sept. 18, 2018. Following 20 years in custody, Okroi must serve five years of supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Beginning January 2016, Okroi traveled to California from Rapid City at least once or twice every month to pick up meth. Okroi then distributed between 5 and 15 kilograms of meth in western South Dakota to other people, including Gregory O’Kelley and Amanda Tindall.

On Jan. 13, 2017, authorities seized two pistols and two rifles from Okroi’s home.

O’Kelley and Tindall both previously received 121 months in federal prison. Juan Porcayo, also alleged to be involved in this conspiracy, is pending trial in March 2019.

This case was investigated by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Okroi was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Information from the U.S. Department of Justice