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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Eagle Butte Woman Indicted for Possession with Intent 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 Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises.

Andrea Circle Bear, a/k/a Andrea High Bear, age 29, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 21, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in prison, and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The Indictment alleges that on April 24, 2018, and April 30, 2018, Circle Bear possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute it and maintained a place for the purpose of distributing methamphetamine.

The charges are merely accusations and Circle Bear 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.   

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated March 26, 2019