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Wakonda Man Charged for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

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

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

Ricky Bryan Giedd, age 50, was indicted on March 3, 2020.  He appeared before Veronica L. Duffy on March 5, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

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

Beginning at an unknown date and continuing to on or about February, 2020, in the District of South Dakota and elsewhere, Ricky Bryan Giedd, did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together, with others known and unknown, to knowingly and intentionally distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated March 12, 2020