United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring with others to distribute marijuana in the District of South Dakota between 2006 and 2011.
Lyle Ferguson, age 47, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 23, 2011, for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana, and Felon in Possession of Firearm. Lyle Ferguson appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 2, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Ferguson is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Special Assistant United States Attorney Ted L. McBride is prosecuting the case. Ferguson was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.