Porcupine Man Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute A Controlled Substance
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota man was indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.
Kevin Lance, age 47, was indicted on May 21, 2013 for conspiracy to distribute marijuana at Pine Ridge. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on June 3, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is not more than 5 years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation and Lance is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride is prosecuting the case.
Lance was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.