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Wagner group indicted for drug crimes

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A second group of individuals from Wagner has been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, according to the office of Brendan V. Johnson, United States attorney.

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The first group was indicted in December 2013 and included five people.

Helen Ann Archambeau, age 55; Desmond Basil Heth, age 35; Cindy Lynn Schunk, age 37; Natasha Ann Archambeau, age 32; Mona Fay Winckler, age 58; Leslie Lee French, 31; and Brenda Evette Alonzi, age 53, were indicted on March 5 for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Additionally, Helen Archambeau and Winckler were also indicted for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

All defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on various dates in March and April and pleaded not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $1 million fine, three years of supervised release and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered. The maximum penalty upon conviction of maintaining a drug-involved premises is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $500,000 fine, three years of supervised release and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer D. Mammenga is prosecuting the case.

All parties except for French have been released on bond. French is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. The trial is set to start July 1.

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