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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 6, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Braxtyn Melecca Jo Garreau, age 22, was sentenced to 57 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a fine of $500, forfeiture of $206, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Garreau was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017.  She pled guilty on August 15, 2017.

Between January, 2014, and April 12, 2017, Garreau knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in the District of South Dakota.

Garreau received distributable quantities of methamphetamine and distributed some of the methamphetamine in South Dakota. The individuals who provided Garreau with the methamphetamine knew that she intended to engage in further distribution.  Garreau admitted that it was reasonably foreseeable to her that more than 500 grams of methamphetamine would be distributed during the course of the conspiracy.

In addition to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine, Garreau was arrested on February 23, 2017, with 7.8 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and $206 in U.S. currency in her possession, which she admitted was proceeds from the sale of methamphetamine. That money was seized by law enforcement and forfeited.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 9, 2017