United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule woman charged with Possession of Marijuana was sentenced on January 30, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Jane Big Eagle, age 32, was sentenced to 52 days in custody, one year of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $25 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Big Eagle was indicted on July 12, 2011, for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. She pled guilty to Possession of Marijuana on December 13, 2011. The conviction arose from a traffic stop for speeding on April 23, 2010. Jane Big Eagle, registered owner of the vehicle and a passenger in it, and Raymond Flute, driver of the vehicle, were arrested. An inventory search revealed a Crown Royal bag filled with 44 individually wrapped baggies of marijuana in the locked glove compartment.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.