Jury Convicts California Man For Iowa Meth Conspiracy
Contact: Peter Deegan
A California man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa was convicted by a jury on January 19, 2012, after a 3-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Shawn Jones, 41, from San Diego, California, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The verdict was returned following about 3 hours of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that Jones was involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from 2009 through about April 2010. Jones and others distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Clear Lake, Iowa, area. Two times in November 2009, Jones delivered approximately one and three pounds of methamphetamine per trip to a co-conspirator in Clear Lake, Iowa. The methamphetamine was smuggled in hidden compartments in the vehicles Jones drove from California to Clear Lake, Iowa. Jones was previously convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana in the United States District Court Southern District of California in 2006.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Jones remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Jones faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 10 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 Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Clear Lake Police Department, North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, Mason City Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11-3017.