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Stratford Woman Pleads Guilty To Meth Conspiracy Charges

May 22, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A woman who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine pled guilty May 22, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jody Head, 36, from Stratford, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Head admitted that, from about 2010 through November 1, 2011, she conspired to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Head admitted to her involvement with one or more others in the manufacture of methamphetamine at a residence located within 1000 feet of the property comprising a public playground or school, that is, Stanhope City Park, Stanhope, Hamilton County, Iowa. Head also admitted that pursuant to pseudoephedrine purchase logs, from August 2009 through August 2011, she acquired (by purchase or other means) at least 62 grams of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Head remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Head faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 80 years’ imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 8 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 Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Ellsworth-Jewell-Stanhope (EJS) Police Department, the Central Iowa Drug Task Force (Story and Boone County), and Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3046.



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