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North Dakota man sentenced on explosives charges in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — A 30-year-old Dickinson, N.D., man has been sentenced to almost three years in federal prison for possessing explosives, some shipped in from Mexico.

Nathaniel Johnson was sentenced on Wednesday, July 25, to 33 months in custody in Pierre after he was caught with a South Dakota man while they were on the run from the law in Reliance in south-central South Dakota.

During Johnson's arrest on Jan. 19, 2017, he was found with 58 inches of detonation cord and an explosive mix containing ammonium nitrate, sodium nitrate, microballoons, aluminum and oil and wax from a plastic orange tube marked "Orica" and "Explosivos Mexicanos."

The U.S. attorney for South Dakota said he believed some or all of the explosives had been shipped from Mexico.

Johnson didn't possess a valid license or permit to possess explosives and had multiple convictions from earlier crimes so was banned from possessing such materials.

He had pleaded guilty to the charge in April.

His companion who was arrested with him in Reliance was William Fralick of Harrisburg, S.D., who was charged with misprision of a felony, which is a crime that occurs when someone knows a felony has been committed, but fails to inform the authorities about it.

Documents said Fralick knew about the explosives and failed to report it. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Wednesday and was sentenced to time served and one year of supervised probation.

The case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Lyman County Sheriff's Office, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.