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Pierre Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 15, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Taylor Klein a/k/a Taylor Huemoeller, age 32, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.  Klein was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. 

Klein was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 14, 2021.  She pled guilty on April 11, 2022.   The conviction stems from Klein conspiring with others, including her husband, John Klein, to knowingly and intentionally distribute methamphetamine in and around central South Dakota.  It was reasonably foreseeable to Klein that over 500 grams of methamphetamine was distributed during the course of the conspiracy.

Klein’s spouse, John Klein, who was also involved in the conspiracy was previously sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, FBI, South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 16, 2022

Drug Trafficking