United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Arlene Claire Chauncey, age 26, and Michael Waylon Brave, age 32, both of Mission, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on October 20, 2011, and pled guilty to a Superseding Information. Chauncey pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Aiding and Abetting. Brave pled guilty to Possession of Marijuana. The maximum penalty upon conviction for Chauncey is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both and 2 years up to life on supervised release. The maximum penalty for Brave is not more than 1 year in custody, a minimum fine of $1000 but not more than $100,000, or both, and no more than 1 year of supervised release. Chauncey must pay a $100 special assessment; Brave must pay a $25 special assessment.
On February 20, 2010, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Police Department executed a search warrant on the defendants’ residence. They seized approximately 6 ounces of marijuana, a scale, a marijuana crusher, sandwich bags, $327, and other paraphernalia consistent with drug usage. The six ounces of marijuana seized were all that remained of a pound Arlene Chauncey had purchased. The rest had been consumed or sold from the residence since December 2009. The $327 seized by law enforcement was obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of selling marijuana.
Both Chauncey and Brave pled guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing at least 250 grams, but less than 1 kilogram, of marijuana.
The investigation was conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for December 6, 2011. Chauncey and Brave were released pending sentencing.