United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.
Eric Paul Archambault, age 32, was indicted on October 13, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 5, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years in federal prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between 2018 and 2021, on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and North Dakota, Archambault knowingly and intentionally conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
The charge is merely an accusation and Archambault is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Mobridge Police Department, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.
Archambault was released on bond pending trial. A trial date was set for March 15, 2022.
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