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Wanblee Man Guilty of Selling Marijuana Cigarettes

December 5, 2012
Contact: Ace Crawford
Public Information Officer
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Roger Bettelyoun, age 53, of Wanblee, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on November 28, 2012, and pled guilty to distribution of a controlled substance.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

On September 24, 2011, Bettelyoun illegally sold marijuana cigarettes.  The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for February 25, 2013.  The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.



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