United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man and woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance were sentenced on November 16, 2020, and December 7, 2020, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Darren Anthony Hendrix, age 29, was sentenced to 196 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Rachel Anne Cooke, age 38, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Hendrix and Cooke were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 10, 2020. Hendrix pled guilty on August 26, 2020. Cooke pled guilty on September 15, 2020.
The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning at an unknown date and continuing until about January 9, 2020, when Hendrix, Cooke, and other co-conspirators intentionally conspired and obtained 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and distributed it to others in the District of South Dakota. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance.
This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga prosecuted the case.
Hendrix was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Cooke has been allowed to self-report to the designated BOP facility by January 28, 2021.