Hamilton County Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Conspiracy Charges
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A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine pled guilty February 21, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.
Michael Mikesell, 49, from Stanhope, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and two counts of the manufacture or attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. On March 18, 2002, Mikesell was previously convicted of manufacturing less than five grams of methamphetamine in the Iowa District Court for Webster County.
At the plea hearing, Mikesell admitted that, from about 2010 through November 1, 2011, he conspired to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On two occasions, once in August, and once in November 2011, law enforcement officers conducted searches of a residence where Mikesell was residing and seized a number of items consistent with the use in manufacturing methamphetamine. Mikesell admitted to assisting one or more others in the manufacture of methamphetamine on each of these dates and that the residence was located within 1000 feet of the property comprising a public playground or school, that is, Stanhope City Park, Stanhope, Hamilton County, Iowa. Mikesell also admitted that pursuant to pseudoephedrine purchase logs, from February, 2008, through August, 2011, he purchased pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Mikesell remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Mikesell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $40,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 10 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the manufacturing convictions, Mikesell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 60 years’ imprisonment, a $4,000,000 fine, special assessment of $200, and 6 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine conviction, Mikesell faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and up to 3 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 Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Ellsworth-Jewell-Stanhope (EJS) Police Department, the Central Iowa Drug Task Force (Story and Boone County), and Division of Criminal Investigation.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11-3046.