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McLaughlin Woman Charged with Drug Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Carlene Cloke, age 65, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 23, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, 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 between December 21, 2016, and March 27, 2017, Cloke knowingly and intentionally distributed a substance containing a detectable amount of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

The charge is merely an accusation and Cloke is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated April 29, 2019

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