United States Department of Justice

Danny Ray Callahan, Jr., age 40 of Watertown, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, 5 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Callahan was the last of six defendants to be sentenced, according to the S.D. Attorney General’s office.

 The conviction stems from a methamphetamine conspiracy in and around the Watertown and Sisseton areas from Nov. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2018. The conspiracy involved more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance. Callahan, and three other co-defendants — Alexis Dumarce, Amos Hall and Dayvon Byrd — were selling methamphetamine brought to South Dakota from California by co-defendants Josh Paul and Victor Caperon.

Caperon and Paul were found with six pounds of methamphetamine on Feb. 28, 2018 during a traffic stop in Corson County. This methamphetamine was intended for sale in the Watertown and Sisseton areas.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Corson County Sheriff’s Office, Mobridge Police Department and the Watertown Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.