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Washington Man Indicted for Marijuana Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that an Olympia, Washington, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Lawrence Allan Swan, age 63, was indicted on January 11, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 8, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The Indictment alleges that between January 2020 and December 2021, in South Dakota and elsewhere, Swan knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Corson County Sherriff’s Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Swan was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated March 10, 2022

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