Men sentenced for drug charges from area traffic stop
Two Rapid City men were sentenced in federal court earlier this week on drug-related charges from a November traffic stop near Draper.
Cayleb Louis Young, 23, and Kenneth Morales-Scott Jr., 24, were sentenced on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On Nov. 17, Morales-Scott and Young traveled from Rapid City to California. The purpose of the trip was for Morales-Scott to pick up a large quantity of marijuana, more than 10 pounds, to deliver to an individual in Wisconsin.
Before they left California, Morales-Scott informed Young of the nature of the trip. Young agreed to assist in the transportation and delivery of the marijuana in exchange for a portion of the proceeds.
On Nov. 20, the South Dakota Highway Patrol performed a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Draper that involved a BMW driven by Morales-Scott, with Young as the passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, the trooper conducted a vehicle search and found a large black bag in the trunk of the vehicle which held several vacuum sealed bags that contained high quality marijuana.
Morales-Scott and Young were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13. Each pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance on June 4.
Morales-Scott was sentenced to one month of imprisonment, followed by five months of home confinement and two years of supervised release. He also forfeited a 1997 BMW. He will report to the U.S. Marshals Service in Rapid City next week to begin serving his sentence.
Young was sentenced to two years of probation. Additionally, Morales-Scott and Young were each fined $1,000 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol conducted the investigation.