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

Monday, January 28, 2013

Fort Thompson Man Pleads Guilty To Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Ryan Scott, age 26, of Fort Thompson, South Dakota appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on January 25, 2013 and pled guilty to the Indictment that charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both; a period of supervised release of at least 2 years up to life and 2 additional years of supervised release upon revocation; $100 to the Victims' Assistance Fund. Restitution may also be imposed.

The charge stems from an incident on February 25, 2011 where a vehicle with Ryan Scott, along with another person, had gone into the ditch. When deputies arrived at the scene and spoke with the individuals, they detected a strong odor of marihuana and searched the vehicle discovering a bag containing over one pound of marihuana.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Police Department. Assistant US Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case. Scott was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal pending sentencing on March 27, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015