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Dupree Man Charged with Drug Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Waylon Young Bird, age 49, was indicted on May 15, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 17, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $11,000,000 fine, 8 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that beginning on or about January 1, 2016, Young Bird knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, which is a Schedule II controlled substance.  The Indictment also alleged that on or about March 9, 2018, Young Bird knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

The charges are merely accusations and Young Bird 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 Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Young Bird was released on bond pending trial which has not been set.

Updated May 18, 2018

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