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Anamosa Man Sentenced To 14 Years Imprisonment For Manufacturing Meth Near A School

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

Contact: Steve Young

A man who attempted to manufacture methamphetamine near a school, was sentenced on January 26, 2015, to 14 years in federal prison.

Zackery Smock, 37, from Anamosa, received the prison term after a July 1, 2014, guilty plea to one count of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine by a drug felon near a school.

At the guilty plea, Smock admitted that, on March 7, 2014, he attempted to manufacture methamphetamine at a residence in Anamosa.  During the course of his manufacturing, he started a fire at the residence.  The residence was within 1000 feet of St. Patrick’s school in Anamosa.  Evidence at sentencing showed that over 80 separate one-pot methamphetamine cooks were recovered from the basement area where Smock manufactured methamphetamine.  The fire resulted in the total destruction of the residence.   

Smock was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade to 168 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a 6-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Smock 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 Lisa C. Williams and investigated by Anamosa Police Department, Anamosa Fire Department, Iowa Division of State Fire Marshal, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-cr-57.

Updated February 19, 2015