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Okreek Woman Sentenced on Cocaine and Marijuana Charges

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Okreek, South Dakota, woman convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 21, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Maria Joy Dog Soldier, age 40, was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 6 months home confinement, a fine of $1,000, and forfeiture of $1,101. A mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100 was also imposed.

Dog Soldier was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2017. She pled guilty on June 5, 2017.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 29, 2016, during a routine patrol of the Rosebud Casino parking lot by a law enforcement officer and his K9 dog, when the K9 alerted to the presence of the odor of narcotics. Dog Soldier was present in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 15 plastic baggies containing cocaine and 3 plastic baggies containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Also found during the search was $1,101 in cash.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Updated August 25, 2017

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