United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Lyle Ferguson, age 48, of Rapid City, South Dakota, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 13, 2012, and pled guilty to one count of a superseding indictment that charged him with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years of imprisonment and a $5,000,000 fine.
The charge relates to Ferguson conspiring with others to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in South Dakota and elsewhere. The investigation was conducted by the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ted McBride.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for December 21, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.