Man sentenced for using Sioux Falls storage locker for cocaine distribution

Prosecutors say the storage unit was used as a home base to distribute crack cocaine throughout Sioux Falls.

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SIOUX FALLS — A Missouri man who used a Sioux Falls storage locker as a drug distribution hub in 2021 will spend more than a dozen years in federal prison, prosecutors announced Friday, Jan. 13.

Ricky Lee Young Jr., 39, of Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 9, to 12 years and seven months in federal prison plus four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

According to U.S. Attorney Alison Ramsdell, the sentence stems from the summer of 2021, when Young and an unnamed co-conspirator used a Sioux Falls storage unit to receive or drop off crack cocaine. The cocaine, which was traced back to Kansas City, would be distributed from the storage unit throughout Sioux Falls.

In a news release, Ramsdell said an October 2021 search warrant was executed on the storage unit which discovered roughly 100 grams of a mixture and substance containing a cocaine base.

After being indicted on the conspiracy charge in April 2022, Young pleaded guilty on Oct. 7. Following his sentencing, he was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, South Dakota Department of
Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Sioux Falls Police Department.

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