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District of South Dakota

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Possession Of A Controlled Substance Analogue

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogue was sentenced on December 23, 2013, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Joshua Brouse, age 30, was sentenced to 4 months in custody, 1 year of Supervised Release, a $1,000 fine, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Brouse was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013.  He pled guilty on November 26, 2013.
On February 22, 2013, a package addressed to Brouse was delivered by FedEx to the Lower Brule Tribal Building.  Brouse attempted to retrieve the package from law enforcement by personally coming to the tribal building and by sending others to retrieve the package.  After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement discovered the package contained 24 sealed plastic bottles containing approximately 4 grams each of XLR-11.  XLR-11 is a Schedule I controlled substance analogue.  Brouse knowingly purchased and attempted to possess the XLR-11 substance.
This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Brouse is to self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service by noon on December 30, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015