Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Conspiracy
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A man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine pled guilty February 21, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.
At the plea hearing, Tracy Young, 47, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, admitted that from about December 2009 through July 2011 he conspired to manufacture at least 300 grams of pure methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, starting in May, 2009, individuals involved in the conspiracy acquired more than 1500 grams of pseudoephedrine and provided the majority of this pseudoephedrine to Young for the purposes of manufacturing methamphetamine. Young provided between 1/4 gram to ½ gram of methamphetamine (and sometimes money) to those who provided him with a box of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine. On two occasions in March, 2011, and one occasion in May, 2011, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at Young’s residence and seized items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine pills, fertilizer spikes, drain opener, and lithium batteries.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Young was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Young faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and five years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being 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.