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Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on March 14, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Frances Sioux Montero, age 40, was sentenced to seven months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, a fine in the amount of $1,000, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Montero was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 10, 2021.  She pled guilty on September 30, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on May 12, 2021, in Eagle Butte. Montero knowingly and intentionally possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute the drug. 

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

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

Updated March 15, 2022

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