Division Director - Assistant Attorney General Bridget Mayer

The Drug Prosecution Unit consists of six prosecutors, two located in Pierre, two in Sioux Falls, and two in Rapid City.
The Drug Prosecution Unit was established in 1988 and is currently partially funded through a federal grant.
Responsibilities:
  • Has statewide jurisdiction in prosecuting drug cases in the circuit courts throughout South Dakota
  • Exercises concurrent jurisdiction with local State's Attorneys
  • Responsible for drug forfeiture cases throughout the State
  • Provides training to law enforcement (DCI, Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Departments, City Police, Law Enforcement Training Academy, and various other branches).
  • Provides legal direction to law enforcement
The majority of the cases originate from the work of DCI drug agents and local drug task forces.
Statistics (Fiscal year goes from July 1 to June 30 of the next year):
 
Drug Forfeiture cases
 
FY00 July 99 to June 00 200
FY01 July 00 to June 01 170
FY02 July 01 to June 02 285
FY03 July 02 to June 03 259
FY04 July 03 to June 04 222
FY05 July 04 to June 05 198
FY06 July 05 to June 06 196
FY07 July 06 to June 07 164
FY08 July 07 to June 08 167
FY09 July 08 to June 09 121
FY10 July 09 to June 10 127

Criminal Cases  
  
  
FY00 July 99 to June 00 246
FY01 July 00 to June 01 276
FY02 July 01 to June 02 266
FY03 July 02 to June 03 208
FY04 July 03 to June 04 308
FY05 July 04 to June 05 242
FY06 July 05 to June 06 287
FY07 July 06 to June 07 270
FY08 July 07 to June 08 225
FY09 July 08 to June 09 311
FY10 July 09 to June 10 331
  
        
Overall value of assets received from forfeiture cases and federal sharing
 
FY00 July 99 to June 00  504,334.50
FY01 July 00 to June 01  481,742.01
FY02 July 01 to June 02  757,377.45
FY03 July 02 to June 03  1,044,156.60
FY04 July 03 to June 04  1,638,712.56
FY05 July 04 to June 05  1,704,347.89
FY06 July 05 to June 06  1,036,419.11
FY07 July 06 to June 07  1,721,678.64
FY08 July 07 to June 08  1,072,397.73
FY09 July 08 to June 09  400,597.26
FY10 July 09 to June 10  578,762.71