- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal jury has found a western South Dakota man guilty of recruiting others to illegally distribute methamphetamine in South Dakota.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 42-year-old Luis Olivares, of Rapid City, was found guilty of multiple charges including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The charges carry a 20-year minimum sentence and up to life in prison. Prosecutors have filed a motion asking the presiding judge for mandatory life imprisonment.

Authorities say Olivares distributed meth with his co-conspirators in western South Dakota dating back to 2008.

While awaiting trial, Olivares filed a civil lawsuit against federal prosecutors, a magistrate judge and several others. Records show a judge found his civil rights complaint “frivolous” and dismissed the case, but he has filed an appeal.

Olivares’s attorney in the criminal trial didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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