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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lower Brule Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on March 20, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Dru Peterson, age 29, was sentenced to 30 months in custody, and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Peterson was indicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on March 9, 2016. He pled guilty on December 28, 2016.

On August 27, 2015, Yankton Sioux Tribal Police officers responded to a call at the Fort Randall Casino of suspicious activity in a parked vehicle. Three individuals were in the vehicle, Dru Peterson, and two of his three co-defendants Wanda Fields and Lacey Crow. The fourth defendant, Renee Peterson, had been in the casino and, upon arriving at the car while the officers were questioning the others, gave officers permission to search the vehicle. Officers found 32.07 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. All four individuals were arrested.

This case was investigated by Yankton Sioux Tribal Police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

Peterson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Peterson’s co-defendants all pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated March 22, 2017