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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mission Woman Indicted on Drug Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises.

Wiyaka Rochelle Guerue, a/k/a Feather Rochelle Guerue, age 32, was indicted on October 17, 2017.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 20, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 60 years in custody and/or a $2,500,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and up to $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that commencing on January 1, 2016, Guerue knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.  Guerue is also alleged to unlawfully and knowingly have opened, leased, rented, used, and maintained her residence for the purpose of distributing and using a controlled substance.

The charges are merely accusations and Guerue is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Guerue was released on bond pending trial, which has been set for March 20, 2018.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated February 21, 2018