Pierre Man Sentenced To 14 Plus Years For Role In Meth Trafficking Ring

(KCCR) — A Pierre man has been sentenced to over 14 years in federal prison for his role in the trafficking of methamphetamine. U-S Attorney Ron Parsons says 35 year-old Dustin Warnke was sentenced to 174 months in federal custody which equals 14 and a half years along with five years of probation following his release from prison. Warnke must pay a one-thousand dollar fine, 100-dollars to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and forfeit a firearm. Warnke was indicted on the charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine in November of 2019. He entered a guilty plea in August. Parsons says Warnke was involved in the trafficking ring from at least March of 2018 through November of 2019. Warnke was involved with four others in traveling to Minnesota and Colorado to obtain the methamphetamine they distributed in central South Dakota. Warnke along with Andrew Bunch and Nathan Thoe would routinely carry firearms to protect the cargo. Bunch is serving 27 years in federal prison in the case. Adam Tanner was sentenced to 12 years and Nicole Hopking was given 10 years. Thoe was shot and killed by federal law officers at an Interstate-90 rest area near White Lake in January of last year as officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant.