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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Monday, June 17, 2013

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Distribution Of A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Sylvan Charles Brown, age 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2013 for Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Brown appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 13, 2013 and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years of imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, or both; a mandatory period of at least 6 years of supervised release, an additional 4 years of supervised release upon revocation; and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation, and Brown is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Brown was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015