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Rapid City Woman Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Charges

May 29, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Rainbow Stoneman, age 30, of Rapid City, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on May 23, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody, a $1,000,000 fine, or both; a mandatory 3 years up to life of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

On February 13, 2010, Rapid City Police stopped a pickup driven by Archy Brown for an equipment violation. Rainbow Stoneman was a passenger in the pickup. The officers smelled a strong odor of perfume or air freshener and asked Brown if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Brown denied it.

The officers asked for permission to search the vehicle and Brown consented. After he gave consent, but prior to the search, in response to another question by an officer about the presence of marijuana in the vehicle, Brown admitted there was. During the search, the officers found a black duffel bag in the middle of the extended cab of the pickup truck. The odor of raw marijuana emanated from the bag. There were approximately 2 ounces of cocaine and 20 pounds of marijuana in the duffel bag.

The drug quantity attributable to the defendant is 3 ounces/85.049 grams of cocaine (converts to 17.010 kilograms of marijuana) and 45 pounds/20.412 kilograms 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 August 27, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.




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