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Mission Man Indicted on Meth Trafficking Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Louie ThunderHawk, age 32, was indicted on July 16, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 26, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 40 years in prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, at least 4 years supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The Indictment alleges that between February 1, 2019, and July 16, 2019, ThunderHawk did knowingly and intentionally, combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with persons known and unknown, to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more methamphetamine.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

ThunderHawk was released pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated July 30, 2019

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