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Allen Woman Indicted for Methamphetamine Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Allen, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, a Controlled Substance.

Clara Poor Bear, age 28, was indicted on August 14, 2018.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 28, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 40 years in prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each Count.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The Indictment alleges that between October 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017, Poor Bear knowingly and intentionally conspired and distributed methamphetamine on the Rosebud Reservation.

The charge is merely an accusation and Poor Bear is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Poor Bear was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for May 28, 2019.

Updated April 3, 2019