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17 convicts indicted on drug charges

SPRINGFIELD — A Bon Homme County grand jury recently indicted 17 inmates at the Mike Durfee State Prison for allegedly possessing and ingesting marijuana.

Each of the 17 men is charged with one count of possession of article of indulgence, marijuana, and one count of ingesting a substance other than alcoholic beverages for the purpose of becoming intoxicated, according to a Thursday morning press release from the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.

"Recognizing our prison system's duel role of punishment with the opportunity for rehabilitation, inmates are expected to follow the prison rules and the law," Attorney General Marty Jackley said. "I want to thank the prison officials and staff for their assistance and full cooperation during this investigation."

Special investigations units at the prison and the state penitentiary are investigating the case, which is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Possession of an article of indulgence, marijuana, is a Class 6 penalty punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine, and ingesting a substance other than alcoholic beverages for the purpose of becoming intoxicated is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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