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

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rapid City Father And Daughter Indicted For Conspiring To Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man and woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Michael Gallas, age 56, and Charissa Gallas, age 31, were indicted on August 26, 2014. Michael and Charissa appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 12, 2014, and September 16, 2014, respectively, and both 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.   

Beginning no later than December of 2013, Michael Gallas and Charissa Gallas conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride is prosecuting the case.   

Michael Gallas was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  Charissa Gallas was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has been sent for November 18, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015