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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kenel Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Kenel, South Dakota, man charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 12, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Charles Wells, age 27, was sentenced to 37 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Wells was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 8, 2015.  He pled guilty on September 20, 2016.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on July 22, 2015, when the Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement, acting on a tip from Prairie Knights Casino security, began an investigation into four individuals who were reported to have been selling methamphetamine.  Security directed law enforcement’s attention to two vehicles the individuals had been using.  A drug dog was used around the outside of the vehicles and “indicated” on both vehicles.  Law enforcement applied for, and obtained, federal search warrants for the two vehicles and found methamphetamine. 

Wells had been selling methamphetamine on the Standing Rock Reservation.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley. 

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated December 18, 2016