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Moorhead man found guilty in fentanyl, meth jury trial in South Dakota

Jerry Jerome Wise was stopped by a state trooper along with his co-conspirator, Damara Needham, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in March.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A 36-year-old Moorhead man was found guilty in a federal jury trial in Sioux Falls last week for transporting 700 fentanyl pills and more than a pound of methamphetamine from Arizona into South Dakota.

Jerry Jerome Wise was stopped by a state trooper along with his co-conspirator, Damara Needham, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in March.

Both were found guilty of conspiracy to distribute meth and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

Their arrests took place almost two years ago after their vehicle that was stopped along a state highway in South Dakota, according to court documents.

Wise will undergo a presentence investigation, and a sentencing date was set for Aug. 8. He faces up to life in prison on the meth conviction and up to 40 years on the fentanyl conviction.

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