12 arrested for drug offenses in Bennett County - KOTA Territory News

12 arrested for drug offenses in Bennett County

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United States Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Monday that 12 people have been charged in separate indictments by a federal grand jury for drug distribution offenses.  The charges are a result of "Operation Prairie Pharm," which took place in Bennett County at various times from January through June 2012.

"Operation Prairie Pharm is a reflection of the tremendous cooperation that exists between federal, tribal, and state law enforcement officers," Johnson said. "This investigation should serve as a notice to anyone involved in illegal drug trafficking in our state. We are watching. And we will continue our efforts to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute these offenses."

The individuals charged include the following:

** Claudia Jeanine Apple, 45, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing methylphenidate within 1,000 feet of the Oglala Lakota College in January 2012 and one count of distributing hydrocodone with acetaminophen within 1,000 feet of the Bennett County High School in January 2012.

If convicted, of distributing methylphenidate, Apple faces a maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, or both. If convicted, of distributing hydrocodone with acetaminophen, Apple faces a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

** William Lawrence Apple, 25, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing morphine and one count of distributing oxycodone. Both distributions are alleged to have occurred within 1,000 feet of the Martin Grade School in January 2012.

If convicted, Apple faces a maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, or both.

** Ashley Jerome Cottier, 35, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing Fentanyl within 1,000 feet of the Martin Grade School in June 2012.

If convicted, Cottier faces a maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, or both.

** Jimmy Joe Cottier, 26, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing marijuana in February 2012.

If convicted, Cottier faces a maximum sentence of 5 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

** Belinda Joyce Dubray, 43, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing hydrocodone with acetaminophen within 1,000 feet of the Bennett County High School in March 2012.

If convicted, Dubray faces a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

** Brian Leroy Dubray, Jr., 30, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing marijuana in April 2012.

If convicted, Dubray faces a maximum sentence of 5 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

** Monica Rae Dubray, 40, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing morphine within 1,000 feet of the Oglala Lakota College Head Start in April 2012.

If convicted, Dubray faces a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

** Tillie Dawn Dubray, 42, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing morphine within 1,000 feet of the Oglala Lakota College Head Start in January 2012.

If convicted, Dubray faces a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

** David Alan Gotheridge, 54, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing hydrocodone with acetaminophen within 1,000 feet of the Martin Grade School in April 2012.

If convicted, Gotheridge faces a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

** Renee Lynn Mousseaux, 42, of Martin – charged with one count of distributing marijuana in January 2012.

If convicted, Mousseaux faces a maximum sentence of 5 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

** Michael James Poor Thunder, 22, of Martin – charged with two counts of distributing morphine within 1,000 feet of Oglala Lakota College in March and May of 2012.

If convicted, Poor Thunder faces a maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment on each count, a $2,000,000 fine, or both.

** Alex Lee Salway, 53, of Martin – charged with two counts of distributing morphine within 1,000 feet of the Martin Grade School in January 2012.

If convicted, Salway faces a maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment on each count, a $2,000,000 fine, or both.

 

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