Lower Brule Woman Indicted on Marijuana Charges
August 12, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Marijuana.
Jane Big Eagle, age 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 11, 2011. She appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 12, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is five years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; two years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered. The charge is merely an accusation, and Big Eagle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case. Big Eagle was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.
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