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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Wanblee Woman Indicted For Drug Conspiracy

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in South Dakota and elsewhere from August 2009 to February 2013.

Shy Bettelyoun, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 20, 2013 for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 2, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 5 up to 40 years’ imprisonment and/or a $5,000,000 fine.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride is prosecuting the case.

Bettelyoun was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for June 11, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015