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Webster City Couple Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

Febraury 2, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A Webster City couple who possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine were sentenced February 1, 2012.

Laurie Rhinehart, 50, and Lanny Brownfield, 52, both from Webster City, Iowa, received the prison terms after a September 22, 2011, guilty pleas to possessing a listed chemical, pseudoephedrine, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such chemical would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Rhinehart and Brownfield admitted that from 2008 and 2010 they purchased more than 1200 grams of pseudoephedrine in and around the Webster City, Iowa area. Rhinehart and Brownfield knew or had reasonable cause to believe the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. On September 23, 2010, and December 3, 2010, in Hamilton County, Iowa, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two difference locations, including the residence of Rhinehart and Brownfield. At each location, officers seized a number of items indicative of the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Rhinehart and Brownfield were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Rhinehart was sentenced to 72 months’ imprisonment and Brownfield was sentenced to 84 months’ imprisonment. Each must pay a special assessment of $100. They each must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after their prison terms. There is no parole in the federal system.

Rhinehart and Brownfield are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Webster City Police Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 10-3053.



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