Rapid City Man Pleads to Marijuana Charges
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jaret Alan Hagar, a/k/a Jarret Alan Hagar, age 26, of Rapid City, appeared before United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on June 16, 2011, and pled guilty to a superseding information that charged him with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Hagar also pled guilty to an indictment alleging he had a prior felony drug conviction. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 30 years in custody, a $2 million fine, or both; supervised release of at least 6 years up to a maximum term of life; and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
The charges stem from an incident in July 2008 when two individuals were pulled over by the South Dakota Highway Patrol with 30 lbs. of marijuana in their vehicle. Law enforcement determined that Hagar was one of the suppliers of that marijuana, which he or someone else brought from Denver, Colorado. Hagar distributed marijuana in the Rapid City/Black Hills area or had it transported to Sioux Falls for distribution.
The defendant has a 2005 conviction in Pennington County for Possession of Between One-Half Pound and One Pound of Marijuana.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 19, 2011. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.