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Meth distributors to spend 10 years in prison

A Yankton man was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison for distribution of methamphetamine in Winner.

Both he and the woman he was with at the time of his arrest received the maximum sentences for the charges of which they were convicted.

On the night of March 12, police were notified that Sidney Buchholtz, 25 and Kristi Arbegast, 33, were staying at the Knights Inn in Winner. At that time, a bench warrant had been issued for Buchholtz for drug charges in Union County, and two active felony arrest warrants had been issued for him in Woodbury County, Iowa, for second-degree theft, carrying weapons and nine traffic charges. Just before his arrest in Winner, he had been released from jail in Yankton on the condition that he go directly to a treatment center.

Arbegast had three warrants in Union and Yankton counties for drug-related charges.

Both Buchholtz and Arbegast were arrested for their warrants. After being issued a search warrant, police found assorted drug paraphernalia and drug residue in the hotel room where the two had been.

On June 25, Buchholtz pleaded guilty to the charge for which he was convicted as part of a plea agreement that dropped charges of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, possession of two ounces of marijuana or less and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, which could have earned him more than 11 additional years in prison.

The 10-year sentence for Buchholtz is the maximum sentence allowed by law for distribution of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. He was given credit for 195 days served and must pay a total of $199 in fines and fees.

Arbegast was sentenced on June 28 to two consecutive five-year sentences with credit for 107 days served on each sentence for possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II and unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance in schedules I or II. Both of these are Class 5 felonies, and Arbegast was given the maximum sentence for each.

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