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Murdo Woman Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Murdo, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Moriah Moran, age 32, was indicted on March 9, 2020. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 11, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The Indictment alleges that on May 7, 2019, Moran knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in Todd County, on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.

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

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

Moran was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated March 12, 2020