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Authorities arrest ten people accused in drug and gun ring

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    WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) _ Federal authorities say they have busted a drug and gun ring in South Dakota.
 
    U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 10 people were arrested as a part of an investigation dubbed ``Operation Black Widow'' by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
    Eight of the suspects are from Watertown, one is from Sioux Falls and one is from Deadwood. They range in age from 31 to 72. They face charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine to wire fraud to weapons counts. Six have been released from custody under conditions but four have been detained.
 
    Johnson says the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the state crime bureau and local law agencies helped in the investigation.
 
Arrests:

Sean Jason Romanjenko, 39, of Deadwood: Charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm. If convicted, Romanjenko could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Tracy Kay Voss, 31, of Watertown: Charged with Making False Statements in the Acquisition of Firearms. If convicted, Voss could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Todd Karl Bramer, 46, of Watertown: Charged with Possession of Firearms by a Prohibited Person. If convicted, Bramer could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Robert Gray Graham, 72, of Watertown: Charged with Wire Fraud.
If convicted, Graham could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both.

Eric Allen Block, 37, of Watertown: Charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Patricio Rodriguez Pena, 55, of Sioux Falls: Charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Robin Lee Engel, 41, of Watertown: Charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Christopher McDaniel Schmidt, 39, of Watertown: Charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Richard Donald Ruml, 42, of Watertown: Charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Chad Everic Haight, 40, of Watertown: Charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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