Skip to main content
Press Release

Algona Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced February 3, 2014, to twelve years in federal prison.

Ryan Hansen, 32, from Algona, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 6, 2013, guilty plea to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Hansen admitted his involvement from September 2012 through March 2013 in a conspiracy that distributed at least 500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Hansen admitted to obtaining ounces of methamphetamine in Minnesota on multiple occasions and distributing it in Iowa.  On March 16, 2013, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Hansen was driving.  Officers located and seized several bags of “ice” methamphetamine totaling 14.76 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Hansen admitted he had traveled to Minnesota to obtain the methamphetamine, transported it back to Iowa, and sold some of the methamphetamine in the Mason City area prior to being stopped by law enforcement.

Hansen was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Hansen was sentenced to 144 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Hansen 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 investigated by the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 13-3010.

Updated February 19, 2015