Six From Hamilton County Arrested On Meth Conspiracy Charges
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Nancy Collins, 48, Mike Mikesell, 49, Amy Pringle, 46, from Stanhope, Iowa; Treva Rasmussen, 47, Devin Herrington, 26, from Jewell, Iowa; and Jody Head, 35, from Startford, Iowa, have all been charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Collins and Mikesell are also charged with two counts of manufacture and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. Head is also charged with one count of manufacture and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed December 23, 2011, in United States District Court in Sioux City.
The Indictment alleges that, from about 2010 through November 1, 2011, Collins, Mikesell, Pringle, Rasmussen, Herrington, and Head conspired to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine. The Indictment also alleges on or about August 23, 2011, and November 1, 2011, Collins, Mikesell and Pringle manufactured and attempted to manufacture methamphetamine within 1000 feet of the property comprising a public playground or school, that is, Stanhope City Park, Stanhope, Hamilton County, Iowa. The Indictment also alleges that from about July 2010 through about November 1, 2011, Collins, Mikesell, Rasmussen, Pringle, Herrington, and Head each possessed and aided and abetted another or others in the possession of a listed chemical, namely: pseudoephedrine: (1) with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, to-wit: methamphetamine; and (2) knowing or having reasonable cause to believe, that the listed chemical (pseudoephedrine) would be used to manufacture a controlled substance, to-wit: methamphetamine.
If convicted on all charges, each face a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a maximum $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100 for each conviction, and at least 5 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.
Collins, Mikesell, Pringle, Rasmussen, Herrington and Head’s next appearance is set for March 5, 2012.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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.