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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2014

Boone Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth And Firearm Convictions

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of the drug conspiracy was sentenced January 30, 2014, to more than 10 years in federal prison.

James Edward Poole, 34, from Boone, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 13, 2013, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

At the guilty plea, Poole admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from 2012 through January 2013 that distributed more than 1000 grams of mixed methamphetamine which contained at least 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  On January 8, 2013, officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle occupied by Poole and his wife, Shannon Poole.  During a search of the vehicle, officers located and seized about over 134 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine, $377.74 in U.S. Currency, and a loaded handgun (namely a Kel-Tec .380).  Poole admitted he had just obtained the methamphetamine from his source near Webster City, Iowa, and planned to distribute it to other person(s). 

Poole was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Poole was sentenced to 126 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Poole 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 Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster City Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.      

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov /cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 13-3003.

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