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KIMBALL -- Trial dates for three men accused of printing money and possessing drugs have been canceled.

Zane Goodbeau, 59, of Kimball, Chaz Stewart, 20, of Yorba Linda, Calif., and John Laubach, 43, of Kimball, are each scheduled for status hearings in May.

Stewart is scheduled for a change of plea hearing in April, according to court documents.

The indictments are the result of an investigation that began into the passing of counterfeit bills to several Chamberlain and Kimball businesses.

The trio was indicted in September for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); manufacture and distribution of substances with a high potential for abuse; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession of marijuana; and conspiracy.

The most serious of the charges is a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The drug charges will be prosecuted in Brule County Circuit Court by State's Attorney David Natvig, and the counterfeiting charges will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson.