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U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler is stepping down at the end of December. Sioux Falls attorney Ron Parsons has been nominated by President Donald Trump to take over the position. Parsons was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Dec. 14. He now awaits confirmation by the full Senate. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more of this report.

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September 18 marks the start of National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.
 
Data from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention shows South Dakota has been largely unaffected by the opioid epidemic.

But since the start of 2016 law enforcement officials report at least ten South Dakotan deaths from opioid overdoses.

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The leader of a renounced Mormon sect in Custer County will remain in federal custody until he is tried in Utah.

Seth Jeffs, 42, made a second appearance in Rapid City Monday morning for a detention hearing. He made a first appearance last week on charges of fraud and money laundering.

Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

While the current Lower Brule Sioux tribal leadership continues to face opposition from some tribal council members and tribal employees, the arrival of the former South Dakota United States Attorney on the reservation to discuss the tribe’s administrative issues raised concern with the acting-tribal chairman.

When Kevin Wright stepped up from the position of Lower Brule Sioux Vice-Chairman to Chairman after Mike Jandreau’s death, Wright’s goal was to lead an administration that was free of cronyism and corruption.

Life Sentence For Alaboudi

Mar 18, 2014

Federal prosecutors won a life sentence for an Iraqi refugee Monday.  Mohammed Alaboudi sold several women and girls for sex at his Sioux Falls Apartment.  He was convicted by a federal jury last December on several sex trafficking counts.  U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson discusses how Alaboudi lured multiple girls and young women to his home and how authorities acted on the case.

State Creates Sex Trafficking Task Force

May 30, 2013

A local Sioux Falls man was convicted of sex trafficking on Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s office and a team of officials are putting together a task force to stop sex trafficking.

Carl Campbell was convicted to three life sentences for commercial sex trafficking in Sioux Falls. Campbell was found guilty for one count of sex trafficking with force and two counts of sex trafficking involving a minor. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says it’s time for citizens to accept that sex trafficking happens in South Dakota. He says it is time to act now to end this ugly process.
 

State Not Immune To Sex Trafficking

Jan 14, 2013

Sex trafficking may seem like a problem in a big city or foreign country.

But the U.S. Attorney for South Dakota says this state has its own problem with human trafficking.