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Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Manufacturing Conspriracy

May 8, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine pled guilty May 7, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Phillip Farmer, Jr., 32, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Farmer, Jr. 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 October 2007, Farmer, Jr. acquired (by purchase or other means) at least 172.3 grams of pseudoephedrine and provided the pseudoephedrine to others for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Farmer, Jr. also kept some of the pseudoephedrine so he could manufacture methamphetamine on his own. Farmer, Jr. 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. Farmer, Jr. was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Farmer, Jr. 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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