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Rapid City Man Indicted on Drug and Firearm Ammunition Charges

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Travis Maho, age 34, was indicted in September of 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on October 7, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

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

In June of 2022, in Rapid City, Maho, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition, possessed several types of firearm ammunition as well as methamphetamine, which was found after Maho came into contact with law enforcement.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson is prosecuting the case. 

Maho was  remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.


Updated October 13, 2022

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