United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced that a Cherokee woman who distributed methamphetamine was sentenced on March 8, 2007 in federal court in Sioux City.
Cheryl Tate, 36, from Cherokee, received the prison term after pleading guilty on Dec. 4, 2006, to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
At her guilty plea, Tate admitted that from about Jan. 2006 through about April 12, 2006 she conspired with others in the distribution of methamphetamine from Arizona to Iowa through the U.S. Postal Service. Tate further admitted her involvement in the distribution of at least 59 grams of methamphetamine. Tate also admitted to previously being convicted of two felony possession of methamphetamine offenses in Maricopa County, Ariz. in 2000 and 2001.
United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett sentenced Tate to 70 months imprisonment. Tate was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and must serve a term of supervised release of eight years following her imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.
Tate is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.