Three South Dakotans sentenced in meth distribution conspiracy
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Three South Dakota residents have been sentenced for their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the state.
Josh Sanders (48) of Rapid City was sentenced to a total of 12 and-a-half years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Gregory Murphy, (45) of Rapid City was sentenced to a total of 10 years in federal prison with five years of supervised release. Cathy Jacques (36) of Box Elder was also sentenced to a total of 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. All were required to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The investigation revealed that from approximately November 2018 though April 2019, the defendants received and transported methamphetamine between Nevada and South Dakota. They then sold the methamphetamine in western South Dakota.
Sanders was the source of the methamphetamine and would supply Jacques and Murphy with the methamphetamine to distribute it.
In April of 2019, the trio were stopped by the South Dakota Highway Patrol as part of an ongoing investigation into their drug trafficking activities. During the search of the defendant’s vehicle, troopers found about three pounds of methamphetamine.