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A Rapid City man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for distributing drugs as well as transporting people for illegal sexual activity.

Darryl Graham, 49, pleaded guilty to distributing meth to a person younger than 21 from August 2015 through May 2016, according to court documents.

He also transported people from Rapid City to Chicago, between April and May 2016, “with the intent of hiring them to engage in prostitution,” the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken, of the U.S. District Court of South Dakota, sentenced Graham on April 17 to five years in prison for each crime — to be served at the same time. After prison, he would undergo six years of supervised release, court records show.

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The judge waived the payment of $5,000 into a domestic trafficking victims’ fund because Graham is indigent.

The other charges against Graham, who also goes by the last name Gram, were dismissed under his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They are commercial sex trafficking of children by means of force, threats, fraud or coercion, as well as another count of transportation for illegal sexual activity.

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Cops and Courts Reporter

Cops and courts reporter for the Rapid City Journal from February 2016 to July 2018. Contact her on Facebook or Twitter @tiffgtan.