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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Nevada Man Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Child Abuse

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wadsworth, Nevada, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Child Abuse.

Wakan Waci Blindman, age 36, was indicted on November 9, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 20, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $500,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on September 10, 2016, Blindman knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute marihuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.  He also had his one-year-old son in his vehicle while engaging in the distribution of drugs.

The charges are merely accusations and Blindman 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.   

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

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Updated December 21, 2016