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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 4, 2016

Eagle Butte Man Indicted for Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

Smokey James Jandreau, age 39, was indicted on August 16, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno on November 2, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for the distribution of controlled substances charge is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, and up to life of supervised release.  The maximum penalty upon conviction for the firearms charge is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.  Both charges require a payment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and restitution may be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on July 2, 6, and 24, 2016, in the District of South Dakota, Jandreau knowingly and intentionally distributed a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.  The Indictment further alleges that on July 26, 2016, in Eagle Butte, Jandreau unlawfully received and possessed a firearm when he was prohibited from doing so because he was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance.

The charges are merely accusations and Jandreau 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.   

Jandreau was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  Trial has been set for November 29, 2016.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 4, 2016