Rapid City man sentenced for meth trafficking

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man has been sentenced to federal prison for meth trafficking.

Prosecutors say Samuel Patrick O’Rourke, 37, was indicted in November of 2018 for distributing between 50 and 200 grams of meth in South Dakota, primarily out of his home on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Court documents say O’Rourke was actively distributing the drugs between 2016 and 2018. He was sentenced on Aug. 9 to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

A Nebraska man, Christopher Ivory Hawkins, 25, was also sentenced on the same day to five years in prison for meth trafficking in South Dakota in an unrelated case. Prosecutors say Hawkins worked with at least one other person to distribute more than 350 grams of methamphetamine in the state and elsewhere between 2014 and 2018.

Both cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Task Force, and both Hawkins and O’Rourke were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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