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Palmer, Iowa, Man Sentenced To Federal Prison On Meth Conviction

April 4, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced April 2, 2012, to 20 years in federal prison.

Ronald Walstrom, 56, from Palmer, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 28, 2011, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Walstrom was previously convicted of two felony drug offenses, namely: possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute controlled substance on October 2, 1996, in the Phelps County Court, Nebraska; and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana) on May 28, 1997, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

At the guilty plea, Walstrom admitted that, from January 2007 through April 2011, he conspired with others to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. On April 15, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Walstrom’s residence. Officers seized items consistent with the use and distribution of methamphetamine, including 80 grams of pure methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, paraphernalia, and $5,957 in U.S. currency.

Walstrom was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Walstrom was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Walstrom is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Emmetsburg Police Department, and Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3012.



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