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Dupree Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree man charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marihuana by a federal grand jury was sentenced on June 2, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Floyd Clown, Sr., age 55, was sentenced to 28 months in custody, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Floyd Clown, Sr., was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Possession with Intent to Distribute Marihuana and Aiding and Abetting; and Distribution of Marihuana on July 7, 2010. He pled guilty on March 15, 2011, to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute at least 10, but less than 20, kilograms of marihuana, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Floyd Clown, Sr. was the leader of a family-based marihuana trafficking conspiracy involving distribution of marihuana from his home for a decade. As a part of the investigation into Floyd Clown, Sr.'s marihuana distribution activities, the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force completed four controlled purchases of marihuana from Clown and executed a search warrant at his residence.

Approximately 156 grams (5½ ounces) of marihuana were located in the residence, along with numerous other drug paraphernalia items and other drug-related materials. A scale, a police scanner, and $553 in cash were some of the items located inside the residence. The cash was forfeited as proceeds obtained directly or indirectly by Floyd Clown, Sr. as a result of selling marihuana. Also located in the residence during the execution of the search warrant was a .22 caliber revolver. Clown's sentence was increased under the Federal Sentencing Guideline for possessing a dangerous weapon in connection with his drug distribution activities.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

 

 

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