Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Controlled Substance Charge
605-343-2913 ext. 2101
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Joshua Julian, age 24, of Denver, Colorado appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on February 22, 2013 and pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment and/or a $1,000,000 fine.
Between September 1, 2009, and February 16, 2010, Julian conspired with others to intentionally distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, in South Dakota. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, which is compromised of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and Rapid City Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Shattuck.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for June 11, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending acceptance of this plea and sentencing.