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40-Year-Old Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Conspiracy

January 31, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine pled guilty January 30, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Steven Hanse, 40, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Hanse admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that manufactured at least 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, area from 2009 through August 2011. On August 15, 2011, in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at defendant’s residence. Officers seized a number of items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine including, but not limited to, pseudoephedrine pills, fertilizer spikes, peeled lithium batteries, muriatic acid, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. As determined by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) the estimated yield from the evidence seized at defendant’s residence was 5.2 grams actual (pure) methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, starting on October 13, 2007 through June 14, 2011, Hanse acquired at least 223.44 grams of pseudoephedrine. The majority (if not all) of this pseudoephedrine was used to manufacture methamphetamine by Hanse or provided by Hanse to another person(s) to manufacture methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Hanse was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Hanse 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 5 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, Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3048.



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