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Iowa City Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Manufacturing Conspiracy

July 27, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine pled guilty July 26, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Keith Pettigrew, 28, from Iowa City, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Pettigrew admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that manufactured at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine from December 2009 through July 2011. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, starting in March 2008, Pettigrew acquired (by purchase or other means) at least 130 grams of pseudoephedrine and provided the pseudoephedrine to others for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Pettigrew remains in U.S. Marshals custody pending sentencing. Pettigrew 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, Fort Dodge Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Dayton Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3052.



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