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Iowa Man To Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Manufacturing

October 12, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced October 12, 2012, to ten years in federal prison.

Kirk Gutknecht, 52, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 19, 2012, jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Evidence at trial showed Gutknecht was involved in a conspiracy from 2008 through September 2011 that manufactured and distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. The evidence at trial included that Gutknecht purchased at least 192.96 grams of pseudoephedrine (a precursor for methamphetamine), the majority of which was used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Gutknecht was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Gutknecht was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Gutknecht 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, Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3047.



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