United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that two Winner, South Dakota, women have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Andrea Kindt, age 39, was indicted on November 20, 2020, and Amber Heth, age 39, was indicted on December 8, 2020. Kindt appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 6, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. Heth appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 8, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum five years, up to 40 years in prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, at least four years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictments each allege that beginning at a time unknown, but no later than on or before March 1, 2020, Kindt and Heth knowingly and intentionally, combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with persons known and unknown, to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in and around Winner.
The charges are merely accusations and Kindt and Heth are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Kindt was released pending trial. Heth was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has been set for March 16, 2021.