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

Friday, July 12, 2013

Eagle Butte Man Pleads Guilty To Distribution Of A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Sylvan Charles Brown III, age 30, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on July 11, 2013, and pled guilty to Count II of the Indictment that charged him with Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both; a mandatory period of 3 years up to life of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation; and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge stems from an incident on November 14, 2012, when Brown distributed methamphetamine. The suspected methamphetamine was sent to the lab for analysis and tested positive.

The investigation was conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Brown was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing which has been set for September 30, 2013.

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Updated June 22, 2015