Last of four defendants in northeast South Dakota fentanyl distribution ring sentenced

October 18, 2023

Mike Tanner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–The last of four defendants charged in a fentanyl distribution ring in northeast South Dakota was recently sentenced.

South Dakota U.S. Attorney Allison Ramsdell says 58 year-old Daren Basche of Brandon was sentenced last week to nine years and seven months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release.

Basche, along with 33 year-old Jevon McLeod of Sisseton, 26 year-old Tiarah Bissonette of Sisseton and 24 year-old Trey Petrich of Watertown were indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl in July of 2022.

All four pleaded guilty.

McLeod was given 40 years in prison, Petrich 12 years and seven months, and Bissonette four years and nine months.

Ramsdell says during this conspiracy, McLeod would pick up pills containing fentanyl from co-conspirators in other states and transport it back to South Dakota to be distributed.

Basche, Bissonette and Petrich were sub-distributors for McLeod. The group was responsible for distributing thousands of pills containing fentanyl in northeast South Dakota.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Roberts County Sheriff’s Office, the Codington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.