04/29/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/29/2019 12:00
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises.
Michael George Fallis, age 41, was indicted on April 9, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 24, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each count. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that beginning at a time unknown but no later than December 1, 2015, and continuing to November 14, 2018, in South Dakota, Fallis knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and unlawfully and knowingly used and maintained a place for the purposes of distributing and using methamphetamine.
The charges are merely accusations and Fallis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Fallis was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.