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Hamilton County Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

September 26, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A woman who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced September 25, 2012, to ten years in federal prison.

Nancy Collins, 49, from Stanhope, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 23, 2012, guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and one count of the manufacture or attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. On January 16, 2001, Collins was convicted of possession of a controlled substance - 3rd offense. And on November 2, 1998, Collins was convicted of two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine - 3rd offense, in the Iowa District Court for Story County.

At the guilty plea, Collins admitted that, from about 2010 through November 1, 2011, she conspired to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On two occasions, once in August, and once in November 2011, law enforcement officers conducted searches of Collins’ residence and seized a number of items consistent with those used in manufacturing methamphetamine. Collins admitted to her involvement with one or more others in the manufacture of methamphetamine on each of those dates, and that her residence was located within 1000 feet of the property comprising a public playground or school, that is, Stanhope City Park, Stanhope, Hamilton County, Iowa.

Collins was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Collins was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. She must also serve a 20-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Collins is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she 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 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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