- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Three Minnesota residents accused of bringing marijuana from California to the Sioux Falls area and elsewhere have been sentenced in federal court in South Dakota.

U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says law officers believe the operation involved at least 500 pounds of marijuana.

Thirty-two-year-old Somwang Khanya pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.

Thirty-year-old Inpaeng Phady and 23-year-old Keophothone Rounoubon both pleaded guilty to marijuana distribution conspiracy. Phady was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison and Rounoubon to one year and 11 months.

All three suspects are from Worthington, Minnesota.

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