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Eagle Butte Woman Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

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.

Nicole Ducheneaux, age 33, was indicted on August 13, 2019.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 16, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years in federal prison 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 beginning at a time unknown, but no later than on or about January 1, 2017, continuing to on or about August 13, 2019, Ducheneaux, knowingly and intentionally, combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with persons known and unknown to knowingly and intentionally distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The charge is merely an accusation and Ducheneaux is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Ducheneaux was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated August 18, 2019

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice