Cedar Rapids Man Convicted Of Federal Drug Conspiracy
Contact: Peter Deegan
A man who had been selling crystal methamphetamine out of his garage for the past four years was convicted by a jury today after a 3-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Kurt Alexander, 57, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and three separate counts of distributing methamphetamine. The jury found that each of the crimes took place within 1,000 feet of a playground. The verdict was returned this afternoon following about 2 hours of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that Alexander agreed with others to sell methamphetamine to numerous individuals from 2008 until February 2012, when he was arrested. A confidential informant purchased methamphetamine from one of Alexander’s co-conspirators on three different occasions. On each occasion, while the confidential informant waited at the co-conspirator’s residence, the co-conspirator was observed by surveillance driving to Alexander’s residence, where he received the methamphetamine from Alexander inside of the garage. The co-conspirator then drove back to his residence to complete the sale to the confidential informant. Numerous witnesses at trial testified that they had purchased methamphetamine from the co-conspirator and from Alexander.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Alexander was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the verdict was returned and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Alexander faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, $400 in special assessments, and a term of supervised release following imprisonment of at least 10 years and up to life. The jury also found $3,800 in cash seized from Alexander’s residence was subject to forfeiture.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lightfoot and was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; the Clinton Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and the Iowa National Guard.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 12-004.