United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.
Arlyn Keckler, age 38, was indicted on February 13, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 12, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison, including a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that beginning at a time unknown but no later than on May 1, 2015, and continuing to February 13, 2019, in South Dakota, Keckler knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
The charge is merely an accusation and Keckler is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and the Norther Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Keckler was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.