3 SD Men Charged With Distributing Meth

HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) — Three Hill City men face federal charges for allegedly selling thousands of dollars of worth of methamphetamine to an undercover officer at a Sioux Falls Walmart.

The Rapid City Journal reports that 33-year-old Hugo Arechiga-Torres, 19-year-old Tomas Torres and 48-year-old Francisco Escobar-Tinjero have all pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment accusing them of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. A fourth man is still being sought.

According to court documents, Hugo Arechiga-Torres allegedly made a deal for one-half pound of methamphetamine with a member of the MinnesotaBureau of Criminal Apprehension after meeting him on March 31. Other law enforcement officers watched the sale and recorded the transaction.

The men were arrested shortly after the sale.

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