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Drug trafficker convicted in Sioux Falls loses appeal

PIERRE (AP) -- The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence of an interstate drug trafficker convicted by a federal court jury in Sioux Falls.

PIERRE (AP) - The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence of an interstate drug trafficker convicted by a federal court jury in Sioux Falls.

Luciano Camberos-Villapuda was arrested in Denver in May 2013 and later convicted of drug conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Camberos-Villapuda was "responsible for polluting our South Dakota communities with methamphetamine."

Camberos-Villapuda was given a mandatory life sentence because of previous felony drug convictions.

Seiler says the appeals court recently rejected Camberos-Villapuda's arguments that certain evidence should have been suppressed at his trial, and that his sentence violated his constitutional rights.

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