A White River man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Stephan George Jones, aka Stephen George Jones, 45, was indicted on May 17. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 31 and pleaded not guilty to the indictment.

The penalty, upon conviction, is 10 years up to life in custody and/or a $10 million fine, five years up to life of supervised release, restitution and a payment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Between Sept. 1, 2013, and May 17 of this year, Jones allegedly conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan is prosecuting the case.

Jones was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.