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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 4, 2017

Mission Man and Parmelee Woman Sentenced for Consipiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Marihuana

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota man convicted of Conspiracy to Manufacture a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, and a Parmelee, South Dakota woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, were sentenced on July 31, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. 


Meddore Maurice Douville, age 46, was sentenced to 30 months in custody and 3 years of supervised release on each count, to run concurrently, a fine of $1,000, forfeiture of $2,281.91 in United States currency, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.


Teeana Shannon Two Eagle, age 25, was sentenced to 9 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, a fine of $500, forfeiture of $2,281.91 in United States currency, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

 

Douville and Two Eagle were indicted by a federal grand jury on December 20, 2016.  They both pled guilty on May 3, 2017.


Douville admitted to knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to manufacture and distribute marihuana, a Schedule I Controlled Substance, within the District of South Dakota between September 1, 2015, and December 20, 2016.  Two Eagle admitted to knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to distribute marihuana within the District of South Dakota between January 1, 2016, and December 20, 2016.


During the course of the conspiracy, Douville received distributable quantities of marihuana from others and manufactured and distributed some of that marihuana in South Dakota.  The individuals who provided Douville with the marihuana knew that he intended to engage in further manufacturing and distribution of it.  Two Eagle participated in Douville’s manufacturing and distribution operation.  
On December 6, 2016, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Officers executed a search warrant on Douville’s residence in Mission, South Dakota.  Present in the residence at the time of the search warrant were Douville, Two Eagle, two of their young children, and one of Douville’s adult sons.  Two Eagle was pregnant at the time with twins. 

 

During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement seized numerous items from Douville’s home, garage and storage shed, including over 46 total pounds of marihuana and marihuana cigarettes, in bulk and already packaged for sale, $2,281.91 in United States currency which was proceeds from the sale of marihuana, and equipment to grow, cultivate, process, and distribute marihuana like drying racks, planting pots, burlap sacks, sodium lights, industrial fans, plant food, grinders, cases of rolling papers and small plastic baggies.
Douville was employed at the St. Francis Indian School in St. Francis, South Dakota, from 2001 to 2008, and from 2011 until August of 2015.  For part of that time, Douville was a special education teacher at the school.  


Although Douville admitted he was unemployed after August of 2015, from December of 2015 until late November of 2016, Douville and Two Eagle traveled at least monthly, and often twice a month, to Colorado to buy marihuana to manufacture and distribute in South Dakota, staying in lavish hotels such as the Ritz Carlton or Sheraton in Denver, and spending money on marihuana paraphernalia, concerts, Colorado Rockies baseball games, or other supplies and entertainment.  For example, on November 27, 2016, Douville bought $900 worth of marihuana rolling papers from a paraphernalia shop in Denver.  During that same time, Douville reloaded over $30,000.00 on his Walmart debit card, reloading $5,000.00 in just five transactions during a ten-day window in November of 2016.  


Both Douville and Two Eagle admitted that Douville was in charge of the manufacturing and distribution operation conducted in and out of his residence in Mission, South Dakota.


This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.


Douville and Two Eagle were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.    

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Updated August 4, 2017