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New Mexico Woman Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Questa, New Mexico, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 15, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Holly Swallow, age 42, was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison, five years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims fund in the amount of $100.

Swallow was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 11, 2019.  She pled guilty on April 26, 2021. 

Between 2016 and 2019, in the states of South Dakota, New Mexico, and Colorado, Swallow knowingly and intentionally conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine.  She supplied between 500 grams and 1,500 grams of the drug to individuals on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.   

Swallow was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 16, 2021