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District of South Dakota

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mission Man Sentenced For Simple Possession Of A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man charged with Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance pled guilty and was sentenced on March 4, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

 Steven Plank, age 29, was sentenced to 9 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on September 29, 2013, when Plank, who was working as a correctional officer at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Adult Correctional Facility on the Rosebud Reservation, took a bottle of an inmate’s hydrocodone pills.  The pills had been prescribed for the inmate by the Rosebud Indian Health Service Hospital. The hydrocodone pills that Plank stole from the inmate are a Schedule III controlled substance.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher.

Updated June 22, 2015