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Arkansas Man Pleads Guilty To Iowa Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute crack cocaine pled guilty August 13, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jamaron Bingham, 33, from Osceola, Arkansas, was convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. Bingham was previously convicted of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, in the Circuit Court of Mississippi, Arkansas, Osceola District Criminal Division in 2006.

At the plea hearing, Bingham admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine in the Sioux City, Iowa, area from November 2010 and through August 2011. During the course of the conspiracy Bingham distributed crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a public school or playground, namely, Dale Street Park, Sioux City, Iowa. During the course of the conspiracy Bingham would travel to Arkansas approximately every other week and then travel back to Sioux City, Iowa, with approximately 2-4 ounces of crack cocaine for re-distribution.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Bingham remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Bingham faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $16,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least eight years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 12-4010.

 

 

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