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Eagle Butte Woman Indicted for Meth Charges

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Irene Guerrero, age 37, was indicted on August 9, 2022.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 12, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 40 years in prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The Indictment alleges that between approximately February 1, 2021, and August 9, 2022, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, Guerrero conspired with others to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The charge is merely an accusation and Guerrero is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Guerrero was released on bond pending trial, which has been set for October 18, 2022.

Updated August 16, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Drug Trafficking