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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Promise Man Indicted for Distribution of a Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Promise, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Emmett Delaine Traversie, age 21, was indicted on October 12, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 26, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $1,000,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that twice on July 9, 2016, and again on July 12, 2016, in Lantry, Dupree, and Eagle Butte, South Dakota, Traversie knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine in violation of federal law.

The charges are merely an accusation and Traversie is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.   

Traversie was released on a personal recognizance bond pending trial, which has been set for December 13, 2016.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated October 27, 2016