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More details about drug, gun bust in Watertown

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Pictured are Todd Bramer (left) and Robert Graham (right) Pictured are Todd Bramer (left) and Robert Graham (right)

We're learning more about the some of the suspects arrested in connection with a drug and gun ring in Watertown.

On Thursday, 10 people were arrested in the bust after a multi-year investigation dubbed "Operation Black Widow". The suspects were indicted Thursday in federal court. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was a part of that investigation.

KSFY News learned Friday that two of the suspects are registered sex offenders. Todd Bramer, 46, was convicted in January 2012 on four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor involving a 17 year old girl. Robert Graham, 72, was convicted of raping a 21-year-old woman in 1977.

KSFY News has a crew in Watertown. See how the town is reacting tonight on KSFY News and on www.ksfy.com.

"This ongoing proactive investigation has resulted in the arrest of several individuals who have allegedly violated numerous federal and state laws, including violent crimes, in the state of South Dakota. ATF will continue to pursue those who pose a danger to our community," Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow of the ATF St. Paul Field Division said in a news release.

Here is a list of the men arrested and their charges:

 

  • 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.

 

If convicted, Block, Pena, Engel, Schmidt, Ruml, and Haight could face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, maximum life, a $10 million fine, or both. Pena, Block, Haight, and Romanjenko were detained.

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