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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, October 24, 2014

Colorado Man Charged With Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Aurora, Colorado, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Nathan Van Weeda, age 43, was indicted on October 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 15, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, a mandatory 3 years up to life of supervised release, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about October 1, 2014, Weeda knowingly and intentionally distributed and possessed with intent to distribute  a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

The charges are merely an accusation and Weeda is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Weeda was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015