Two Winner women have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine charges.
Andrea Kindt, 39, was indicted on Nov. 20, 2020, and Amber Heth, 39, was indicted on Dec. 8, 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota.
Kindt appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on Jan. 6, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. Heth appeared before Moreno on Jan, 8, 2021, and pleaded not guilty.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison and/or a $5 million fine, at least four years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The indictments each allege that beginning at a time unknown, but no later than before March 1, 2020, Kindt and Heth knowingly and intentionally, combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed with persons known and unknown, to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in and around Winner.
The charges are merely accusations and Kindt and Heth are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Kindt was released pending trial. Heth was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.
A trial date has been set for March 16.