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47-Year-Old Fort Dodge Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Gun And Drug Convictions

July 2, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed firearms was sentenced June 28, 2012, to thirteen years in federal prison.

Bruce Armstrong, 47, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 2, 2012, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of distributing methamphetamine, and one count of possessing firearms in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

At the guilty plea, Armstrong admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about January 2011 through May 2011 that distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. Armstrong further admitted to distributing methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement on 5 separate occasions in March, April and May 2011. Armstrong also admitted to possessing four different firearms including two handguns which he possessed in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy.

Armstrong was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Armstrong was sentenced to 156 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a 4-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Armstrong 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 Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Dodge Police Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3023.



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