Porcupine Woman Pleads Guilty To Controlled Substance Charge
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Cassie Winters, age 28, of Porcupine, South Dakota appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 19, 2013 and pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 5 up to 40 years’ imprisonment and/or a $5,000,000 fine.
The charge relates to Winters’ conspiring with others to distribute at least 100 kilograms or more of marijuana in South Dakota between 2008 and 2012. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride.
The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.