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Fort Dodge Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Manufacturing Methamphetamine

October 9, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced October 5, 2012, to more than ten years in federal prison.

Tracy Young, 47, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 21, 2012, guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Young admitted that from about December, 2009 through July, 2011 he conspired to manufacture at least 300 grams of pure methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, starting in May 2009, individuals involved in the conspiracy acquired more than 1500 grams of pseudoephedrine and provided the majority of this pseudoephedrine to Young for the purposes of manufacturing methamphetamine. Young provided between 1/4 gram to ½ gram of methamphetamine (and sometimes money) to those who provided him with a box of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine. On two occasions in March 2011, and one occasion in May 2011, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at Young’s residence and seized items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine pills, fertilizer spikes, drain opener, and lithium batteries.

Young was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Young was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Young 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 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 11-3030.



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