Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mobridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Spencer Jacob Rinehart, age 28, was indicted on April 13, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on April 15, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years in 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 January 1, 2017, and April 29, 2020, Rinehart knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Mobridge, South Dakota.
The charge is merely an accusation and Rinehart is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Mobridge Police Department, the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Corson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.
Rinehart was released on conditions pending trial. A trial date has not been scheduled.