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Rapid City Man Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

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

A criminal complaint was filed against Thomas Gary Thompson, age 27, on March 30, 2017. Thompson was indicted on April 4, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 7, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on March 22, 2017, Thompson knowingly and intentionally possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.

Thompson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A sentencing date has been set for June 6, 2017.

Updated April 14, 2017

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