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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eagle Butte Man Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges and Distribution of a Controlled Substance Where Children are Present

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, and distribution of a controlled substance where children are present.

Rafael Lombarana Davila, age 32, was indicted on July 11, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 22, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalties upon conviction are up to 40 years in custody and/or a $5,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between April 1, 2014, and July 11, 2017, Davila knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with others to intentionally distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The Indictment further alleges that on or about December 22, 23, and 27, 2016, Davila actually distributed methamphetamine to another individual, and distributed methamphetamine where children resided and were present.

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

This case is being investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.   

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

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 29, 2017