Fort Dodge Woman Sentenced To Prison For Meth Conspiracy
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A woman who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine was sentenced August 21, 2012, to more five years in federal prison.
Sandra Kaye Young, 46, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 19, 2011, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. Young was previously convicted of possession of a product intended for the manufacture of a controlled substance (ephedrine) on March 21, 2011, in the Iowa District Court for Hamilton County.
At the plea hearing, Young admitted that from about December 2009 through July 2011 she conspired to manufacture at least 5 grams of pure methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, Young acquired through her purchases, more than 131.2 grams of pseudoephedrine for the purposes of manufacturing methamphetamine. On March 17, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence where Young was living and seized items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine pills, fertilizer spikes, drain opener, and lithium batteries.
Young was sentenced in Sioux City, Iowa, before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Young was sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. She must also serve an eight year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Dayton Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11-3030.