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Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Manufacturing Conspiracy

June 11, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine pled guilty June 4, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

August Defoe, 34, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Defoe 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 January 2009, Defoe acquired (by purchase or other means) at least 182.16 grams of pseudoephedrine and provided the pseudoephedrine to others for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Defoe also admitted to selling methamphetamine to others in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Defoe is to report to the U.S. Marshals service on June 18, 2012, and will then remain in custody pending sentencing. Defoe 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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