Two northern hills drug traffickers sentenced

SPEARFISH, S.D. — A Spearfish man and woman convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, were recently sentenced.

Enrique Estrada, Jr., aka Ricky Estrada, age 43, was sentenced on December 5 to 20 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Kari Lee Vaughn, aka Kari Drury, age 35, was sentenced on December 18 to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

The charges relate to Estrada, Vaughn, and others distributing multiple pounds of methamphetamine in western South Dakota, primarily in the Northern Hills, between October 2017 and September 2018. Estrada coordinated several co-conspirators to obtain methamphetamine from the state of Colorado, then transport it to South Dakota and distribute it. Vaughn wired money for Estrada and traveled to Colorado, to assist in obtaining the methamphetamine. She further distributed the meth for Estrada, as well.

Much of the meth was distributed out of Estrada’s home in Spearfish.

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