N.M. drug trial of former Oglala councilman delayed

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) 3-08

The trial of a former Pine Ridge tribal councilman arrested on drug charges in New Mexico has been delayed.

Don Garnier and a co-defendant were arrested in September after officers found 21 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their car. Garnier said he didn’t know the pot was there.

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council suspended him and he later resigned.

Garnier was allowed to return home to Pine Ridge but his bond was revoked after he was arrested Dec. 2 in Rapid City after a bar fight.

According to court documents, Garnier’s trial in Albuquerque, N.M., was scheduled to start during late March but was reset for April 15 because he’s discussing a possible plea.