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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Mission Woman Indicted for Methamphetamine Trafficking

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Mareca Rodriquez, age 29, was indicted on April 13, 2021.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 13, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years in federal prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The Indictment alleges that on March 3, 2021, in Mission, South Dakota, Rodriquez knowingly possessed approximately 329 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.        

The charge is merely an accusation and Rodriquez 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 Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Rodriquez was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated July 15, 2021