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Britton Woman Sentenced on Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Britton, South Dakota, woman convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on July 30, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Sheri Lynn Rademacher, a/k/a Sherri Lynn Whiting, age 44, was sentenced to 1 month in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Rademacher was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2018.  She pled guilty on May 9, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on June 6, 2018, wherein Rademacher knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Further, Rademacher being an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance, did knowingly possess a firearm.

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent activity.  Firearms are tools of the trade for drug dealers.  It is common to find drug traffickers armed with guns in order to protect their illegal drug product and cash, and enforce their illegal operations.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated July 31, 2019