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Colorado Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Colorado Springs, Colorado, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on July 16, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken, U.S. District Court.

Cathy Wells, age 50, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Wells was indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine & Heroin and Distribution of a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on June 19, 2018.  She pled guilty on January 4, 2019.

Wells received methamphetamine from a Colorado supplier. The methamphetamine received by Wells was later distributed in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Additional co-conspirators are pending sentencing and trials in Rapid City, including one of her Colorado suppliers.

This case was investigated by South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Wells, who has been in custody since her initial appearance in South Dakota in September 2018, was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 17, 2019

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