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Fort Thompson Man Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Lucas Paul Evans, a/k/a Abdul Evans, a/k/a Lucas Harrison, a/k/a Abdul Salom Harrison, a/k/a Abubarker Harrison, a/k/a Abubarker Shabazz Evans, age 28, was indicted on April 19, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 9, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is at least 5 years up to 40 years in custody and/or a $5,000,000 fine, at least 4 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between December 1, 2013, and April 19, 2016, Evans knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with other persons to knowingly and intentionally distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine in South Dakota.  

The charges are merely an accusation and Evans is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Crow Creek Agency, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.   

Evans was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  Trial has been set for July 6, 2016.

Updated May 11, 2016

Drug Trafficking