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

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Winner Woman Charged With Distribution Of A Controlled Substance And Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Winner, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Alice Blacksmith, age 49, was indicted on April 15, 2014.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 28, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that in February and March of 2014, Blacksmith possessed and knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

The charges are merely an accusation and Blacksmith 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 Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Blacksmith was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015