Rosebud Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Marie Whirlwind Soldier, a/k/a Geraldine Marie Whirlwind Soldier, age 60, of Rosebud, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on May 23, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 2 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.
Marie Whirlwind Soldier and others were involved in a marijuana distribution conspiracy that began in January 2011. The drug quantity attributed to Marie Whirlwind Soldier, based on her role in the conspiracy, was at least 1 kilogram, but less than 2.5 kilograms, of marijuana.
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 August 13, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.