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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Dennis R. Holmes
, United States Attorney

Mission Woman Sentenced to Five and a Half Years for Meth Trafficking

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on July 29, 2021, by Judge Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court.

Carmen Dillon, age 49, was sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Carmen Dillon was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on October 22, 2020. She pleaded guilty on April 23, 2021.

From approximately July 2019 to January 2020, methamphetamine was brought to South Dakota by others. The defendant tracked packages she knew to contain methamphetamine that were being sent through the mail. The defendant also accepted such packages and signed for them upon their arrival. She thereafter distributed methamphetamine in South Dakota.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET), Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. UNET is comprised of law enforcement from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota National Guard, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. Dillon was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

St. Paul Field Division