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Fort Hall man pleads not guilty to federal drug charge

A Fort Hall man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a federal indictment charging him with distribution of marijuana. Tony Saiz, 52, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Pocatello.

A jury trial before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill was scheduled to begin Feburary 16, 2016. Saiz was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pocatello on November 24, 2015.

The indictment alleges that Saiz distributed marijuana on five dates in May 2015.

Fort Hall Police Chief Patrick Teton said authorities found $8,000 in cash, a half-pound of marijuana, drug scales, 10 rifles, and 2 handguns were found during a drug search warrant at Saiz’ home on Hiline Road.

The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and at least two years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department, the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Blackfoot Police Department K-9 Unit, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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