Rapid City Man Charged with Drug and Firearm Crimes
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
Travis Jones, age 31, was charged on August 28, 2018. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on September 4, 2018, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in federal prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, up to lifetime supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Jones distributing methamphetamine and being found in the possession of a firearm which was stolen from The Rooster at Rapid City in August 2018. Jones is a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms. The charges are merely an accusation and Jones is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
Jones was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
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