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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

North Dakota Woman Charged With Distribution Of A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Yates, North Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

April Pretends Eagle, age 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2012 for Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Person Under the Age of 21 and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Pretends Eagle appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 8, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. In addition to a $100 special assessment, the maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 4 years of supervised release and an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation. Restitution may also be ordered. The charges are merely accusations and Pretends Eagle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Save Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case. Pretends Eagle was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. A trial date has been set for April 1, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015