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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pierre Man Charged With Distribution Of A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
         
Edwin Clayton Cook, Jr., age 37, was indicted on November 14, 2013, for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.  Cook appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 19, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 
         
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment and/or $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years of supervised release, an additional 2 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 Cook is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 
         
The Indictment alleges that on or about June 12, 2013, Cook knowingly and intentionally distributed a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
         
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case. 
         
Cook was released on bond pending trial which has not been set.                     

Updated June 22, 2015