United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Brittany Shaw, age 31, of Rosebud, and Matthew Scott, age 32, of Mission, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on November 9, 2011, and pled guilty to a Superseding Information that charged them with Possession of Marijuana. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 1 year in custody, a minimum of $1,000 up to a $100,000 fine, or both; and a $25 special assessment.
On September 22, 2010, a tribal search warrant was obtained for the residence where Brittany Shaw and Matt Scott lived. In Shaw and Scott's bedroom, law enforcement found and seized items that included individually packaged baggies of marijuana (8.72 ounces), a plastic baggy containing marijuana (.49 ounces); a sweater that held a baggy of marijuana (.47 ounces); and various drug paraphernalia. Law enforcement also seized $356 from the residence that was obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of selling marijuana, or was intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit and to facilitate the possession of marijuana. This money will be forfeited as part of their pleas of guilty.
The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and 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 January 10, 2012. The defendants were released pending sentencing.