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Eagle Butte Woman Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges

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 a Controlled Substance.

Marilyn Ducheneaux, age 21, was indicted on October 16, 2018.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 23, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison, including a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and/or a $10,000,000 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 January 1, 2016, and continuing to October 16, 2018, in South Dakota, Ducheneaux knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 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 Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated October 28, 2018

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