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McLaughlin Man Indicted for Distribution of Marijuana

June 11, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.

Chaske Lyndon Little Bear, age 27, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2012. Little Bear appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on June 5, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. 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. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to an allegation that Little Bear distributed marijuana in McLaughlin in February and March of 2011. The charge is merely an accusation, and Little Bear is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case. Little Bear was released on bond pending trial on August 24, 2012.



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