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California Man Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lancaster, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Bryan Howard, a/k/a Chase Profit, age 30, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 10, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between May 1, 2015, and October 31, 2015, Howard knowingly and intentionally conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in South Dakota.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Howard was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A jury trial has been set for August 13, 2019.

Updated June 12, 2019

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