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Worthington man sentenced in federal court for meth-related activities

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. -- Ronald Soules, 42, of Worthington, was sentenced last week in federal court to 124 months in prison in connection with methamphetamine-related activities.

Soules was arrested and charged in Nobles County District Court last year with first-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance. A search warrant executed at his home by the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force netted more than four pounds of meth, found in a safe in Soules' home.

The district court later dismissed the charges so Soules could be indicted federally through the state of South Dakota. In the indictment, Soules, along with Joshua Kruse and Nathan Stamer, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

That indictment was filed in September 2009. Just last month, a superseding indictment was filed, adding Kevin Pospisil's name.

The indictment states that from early 2007 until March 2009, in the District of South Dakota and elsewhere, Soules, along with the others, conspired to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years incarceration.

According to the sentencing documents, Soules' history of substance abuse makes him "an excellent candidate" for the Bureau of Prisons substance abuse 500-hour treatment program.

"It is recommended the defendant be allowed to participate in that program and, if successful, the term of incarceration be reduced accordingly," the document states.

The court also recommended that Soules be placed in the Minnesota area since he has family support. Upon release, he is to serve five years of supervised probation.