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Box Elder Woman Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Box Elder, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 12, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol.

Katera Ellen Greaves, a/k/a Tara, age 32, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Greaves was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) by a federal grand jury on March 3, 2020.  She pled guilty on August 18, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning on an unknown date and continuing until approximately February 2020.

On August 8, 2019, a vehicle Greaves was driving in, for the purposes of transporting methamphetamine, was stopped and searched by law enforcement.  Inside the vehicle, law enforcement located over 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.    

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash prosecuted the case.

Greaves was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 16, 2020

Drug Trafficking