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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Eagle Butte Woman Charged with Conspiracy and Distribution of Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.


Donni DaRae Traversie, a/k/a Donna Dupris, age 26, was indicted on January 19, 2017. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 24, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.


The maximum penalty upon conviction, on each count, is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, up to life on supervised release, and $500 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.


It is alleged that between April 1, 2012, and January 19, 2017, Traversie conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota. It is further alleged that on four occasions between June 14 and July 1, 2016, Traversie distributed methamphetamine.


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


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


Traversie was released on bond to a third party custodian pending trial. Trial is set for April 4, 2017.

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 4, 2017