Pierre Man Indicted on Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.
Paul Frost, age 46, was indicted on October 16, 2018. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 23, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on June 15, 2018, Frost knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in South Dakota. The Indictment further alleges that on both April 3, 2017, and June 15, 2018, Frost, being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, did knowingly possess firearms.
The charges are merely accusations and Frost is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity. Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers. It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.
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.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Frost was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
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