United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that three Fort Thompson, South Dakota, men have been charged by Information with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Lucas Middletent, age 27; Victor Middletent, age 30; and Thomas Middletent, age 32, were charged by Information on April 21, 2014. Lucas and Thomas Middletent appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 23, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Information. Victor Middletent appeared before Judge Moreno on April 30, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Information.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 1 year of imprisonment, and/or a mandatory $1,000 fine up to a $100,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, an additional 1 year of supervised release upon revocation, and a mandatory $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Information alleges that at various times between July 2013 and November 2013, in Fort Thompson, Lucas, Victor, and Thomas Middletent intentionally and knowingly possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
The charges are merely accusations, and all three men are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the cases.
All three men were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.