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California Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Iowa Methamphetamine Conspiracy

July 9, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A California man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa was sentenced July 6, 2012, to 30 years in federal prison.

Shawn Jones, 42, from San Diego, California, received the prison term after a January 19, 2012, jury verdict finding him guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jones was previously convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana in the United States District Court Southern District of California in 2006.

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 five pounds of methamphetamine in the Clear Lake, Iowa, area. In November, 2009, Jones made two deliveries of nearly pure methamphetamine to a co-conspirator in Clear Lake, Iowa. The deliveries involved one and three pounds of methamphetamine, respectively. The methamphetamine was smuggled in hidden compartments of the vehicles driven from California to Clear Lake, Iowa. And in December 2009, Jones assisted another in the delivery of another pound of nearly pure methamphetamine to Clear Lake.

Jones was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Jones was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Jones 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, 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 The case file number is 11-3017.



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