News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Council Bluffs Resident Sentenced to Ten Years for Distributing Meth

MAY 13 -- Des Moines, IA- On May 9, 2008, in the Federal Courthouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States District Judge James Gritzner sentenced four members of a drug distribution ring responsible for distributing methamphetamine obtained from a source in Omaha, Nebraska. Distribution of the methamphetamine ran from January 2006 through November of 2006, to a distribution point in St. Louis, Mo, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker.

1) Sentenced to ten years in prison was 26 year old Jody Marie BENIS, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. BENIS was also ordered to serve five years on Supervised Release after her release from prison, and to pay an assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim Fund. BENIS had entered a guilty plea on January 8, 2008 to Conspiring to Distribute over five hundred grams of methamphetamine.

2) Sentenced to eight years in prison was 36 year old Edward Rue WALKER of Omaha, Nebraska. WALKER was ordered to serve five years of Supervised Release after he is released from prison, and to pay a $100 assessment to the Crime Victim Fund. On December 17, 2007, WALKER entered a guilty plea to Conspiring to Distribute over five hundred grams of methamphetamine.

3) Sentenced to seven and one-half years in prison was 46 year old Brian Eugene FAHRENKRUG of Oakland, Iowa. FAHRENKRUG was ordered to serve five years of Supervised release upon release from prison, and to pay a $100 assessment to the Crime Victim Fund. On December 17, 2007, FAHRENKRUG entered a guilty plea to Conspiring to Distribute over five hundred grams of methamphetamine.

4) Sentenced to three and one-half years in prison was 54 year old Lorelie Dawn PORTER of Council Bluffs, Iowa. PORTER was also ordered to serve three years of Supervised Release after release from prison, and to pay a $100 assessment to the Crime Victim Fund. On November 30, 2007, PORTER entered a guilty plea to Conspiring to Distribute over five hundred grams of methamphetamine.

Previously sentenced in this case was Michael Anthony SALAZAR, sentenced in Eastern District of Missouri to five years. William Donald MARTIN is pending sentencing in the Southern District of Iowa.

The investigation was conducted by the SWINE Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Iowa.

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