CHAMBERLAIN - A Chamberlain man who shipped 20,000 fentanyl pills in the mail to himself faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.
Last week, 19-year-old Trevor Harden pleaded guilty in U.S. Federal Court to knowingly and intentionally attempting to possess and distribute fentanyl.
Harden faces the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years on parole and a $1 million fine. Tyler Woodraska, of Oacoma, who conspired with Harden to distribute the fentanyl pills, pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 and faces a jury trial on Oct. 31.
According to court documents, on the morning of June 13, a package was stopped at the Chamberlain Post Office and searched by law enforcement.
The package, addressed to Trevor Harden, contained two vacuum sealed packages containing the fentanyl pills. Law enforcement seized the fentanyl and rewrapped the package. The package was then returned to the Chamberlain Post Office by law enforcement, court documents state.
At approximately 10:20 a.m. on June 13, Tyler Woodraska went to the Chamberlain Post Office and asked for the package, which was given to Woodraska by a postal office employee. Woodraska was taken into custody by law enforcement as he tried to exit the post office, according to court documents. Woodraska was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Law enforcement observed Harden sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle that was located approximately three blocks north of the Chamberlain Post Office. Harden was taken into custody by the Chamberlain Police Department. Harden was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl.
According to court documents, Harden stated to the court that from October 2016 to June 19, 2017, he had an agreement with one other person to distribute a mixture or substance containing fentanyl in South Dakota and elsewhere. Harden stated he ordered the fentanyl from the "dark web" and had it shipped to Chamberlain.
Harden is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3 in Sioux Falls.