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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 19, 2019

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Marques Smith, age 37, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 16, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that beginning no later than on or about January 1, 2011, and continuing to on or about October 11, 2017, Smith knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated April 19, 2019