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District of South Dakota

Friday, July 29, 2016

Dupree Man Charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Ptan Clown, a/k/a P’tan Hoksila Clown, age 36, was indicted on July 19, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 28, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 60 years in custody and/or a $3,000,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between May 29, 2016, and June 8, 2016, Clown knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine, a Scheduled II controlled substance.

The charges are merely accusations and Clown is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.   

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

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Updated July 29, 2016