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Two Eagle Butte Individuals Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that two Eagle Butte, South Dakota, individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Nolan Clown, age 32, and Misti Traversie, age 36, were indicted on November 14, 2017.  They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 21, 2017 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, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between August 24, 2016, and November 14, 2017, Clown and Traversie knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with other persons to knowingly and intentionally distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.  The Indictment further alleges that Clown and Traversie actually distributed methamphetamine to another individual on August 24 and September 8, 2016.

The charges are merely accusations and Clown and Traversie are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

This case is being investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.       

Clown and Traversie were both released on conditions pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated November 29, 2017

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