South Dakota women charged with meth and firearms allegations | USAO-SD
SIOUX FALLS – U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that two South Dakota women have been indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and firearms charges.
Sarah Jahner Clifford of Gettysburg, South Dakota, aged 44, was charged in September 2022. She appeared before Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 21, 2022 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Tara Roberts of Ridgeview, South Dakota, aged 45, was charged in September 2022. She appeared before Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 19, 2022 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The maximum penalty, if convicted, is up to life imprisonment and/or a $10,000,000 fine, life supervised release and $400 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. A release can also be ordered.
The indictment alleges that the two women were involved in a conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in and around central South Dakota. The indictment further alleges that Jahner-Clifford, who is a prohibited person, was illegally in possession of two firearms, including a short-barreled shotgun.
The charges are merely an indictment, and Jahner-Clifford and Roberts are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for all. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy that strengthens PSN based on these core principles: Fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, Supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, Focus and strategic alignment of enforcement priorities and measurement of results.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Assistant US Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Roberts was released on bail pending trial. Jahner-Clifford was taken into custody by the US Marshals Service. A trial date was sent for November 15, 2022.