Mobridge Man Charged with Drug Trafficking
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mobridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
Meinrad Medicine, age 58, was indicted on March 12, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on May 2, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, 3 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between December 21, 2016, and March 27, 2017, Medicine knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone and did distribute the same.
The charges are merely accusations and Medicine is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
Medicine was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.