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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pierre Woman Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Adele Tahsequah, age 34, was charged by criminal complaint on June 28, 2017 and indicted on July 6, 2017. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 10, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 21, 2017, Tahsequah knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in South Dakota.

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

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.

Tahsequah was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated July 12, 2017