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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 12, 2019

Eagle Butte Woman Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises.

TaLonna Bear Eagle, a/k/a TaLonna LeRae Dupris, age 24, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 5, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The Indictment alleges that beginning at a time unknown but no later than on or about April 24, 2018, and continuing through March 12, 2019, Bear Eagle conspired with others to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and maintained a place for the purpose of distributing methamphetamine.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Bear Eagle was released on bond.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated April 12, 2019