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Sioux City Man Sentenced For Crack Conspiracy

January 17, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute crack cocaine was sentenced January 12, 2012, to 15 years in federal prison.

Patrick Watson, 42, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 28, 2011, guilty plea to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and distributing crack cocaine. Previously, on June 13, 2002, and April 14, 1995, Watson had been convicted of felony drug offenses, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, in the United States District Court, for the District of Nebraska.

At the guilty plea, Watson admitted conspiring with others to distribute more than 112 grams of crack cocaine in the Sioux City area from October 2010 through January 2011. Watson also admitted that on two occasions in December 2010 and January 2011, he distributed crack cocaine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement within 1000 feet of Leif Erikson Park in Sioux City.

Watson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Watson was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a 12-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Watson is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, which consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR11-4014.



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