Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that Stanley Gene Schily, Sr., age 66, of Mobridge, South Dakota, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine as a result of a two-day federal jury trial in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in federal prison and/or an $8,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution may be ordered.
Schily was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 9, 2020. A Superseding Indictment alleging Schily had been previously convicted of a serious drug felony offense was filed on July 13, 2021.
The evidence at trial showed Schily knowingly and intentionally conspired with several individuals to distribute approximately 140 grams of methamphetamine in and around Mobridge, South Dakota, from 2019 through March of 2020. On March 5, 2020, law enforcement executed a warrant to search Schily’s residence. Law enforcement recovered approximately .64 grams of methamphetamine, 150 plastic baggies, and several records indicating drug transactions. Schily spoke with law enforcement and made several admissions about his involvement in methamphetamine trafficking.
This case was investigated by the Mobridge Police Department, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron J. Cook and Abby Roesler prosecuted the case.
A sentencing date was set for November 15, 2021. The defendant was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after the jury reached its verdict.
United States Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota
The Office of U.S. Attorney
South Dakota Community Prosecution Strategy
Training and seminars for
Federal, State, and Local
Law Enforcement Agencies.