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Oklahoma Man Charged with Possession of Contraband by Inmate

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Sapulpa, Oklahoma, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of Contraband by Inmate.

Charles Nathaniel Graves, age 36, was indicted in August of 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on August 5, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about March 25, 2022, Graves, who had been given a furlough to attend a funeral, came back to the Yankton County Jail with contraband; a substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Graves was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for October 11, 2022.

Updated August 12, 2022