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Lower Brule man gets prsion for controlled substance in mail

A Lower Brule man convicted of possession of a controlled substance analogue was sentenced Dec. 23 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Joshua Brouse, 30, was sentenced to four months in custody, one year of supervised release, a $1,000 fine and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brouse was indicted by a federal grand jury May 15. He pled guilty on November 26, 2013.

On Feb. 22, a package addressed to Brouse was delivered by FedEx to the Lower Brule Tribal Building. Brouse attempted to retrieve the package from law enforcement by personally coming to the tribal building, and by sending others to retrieve the package. After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement discovered the package contained 24 sealed plastic bottles containing approximately 4 grams each of XLR-11. XLR-11 is a Schedule I controlled substance analogue. Brouse knowingly purchased and attempted to possess the XLR-11 substance.

Source: Office of U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson