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Carroll County Man to Federal Prison for Meth and Gun Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
O’Tool was involved in two conspiracies to distribute meth while illegally possessing guns

A man who conspired to distribute meth while possessing guns was sentenced on December 7, 2021, to more than 11 years in federal prison. 

Christopher O’Tool, 43, from Arcadia, Iowa, pled guilty on June 15, 2021, to two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

At the hearings, evidence showed that O’Tool was involved in two conspiracies, one from about January 2016 through June 2016 and another from March 2019 through July 2019, in which he and others distributed more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine.  In May and June 2016, O’Tool distributed over 50 grams of methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.  On June 2, 2016, law enforcement stopped O’Tool, searched his vehicle and seized one pound of methamphetamine and a .45 caliber handgun, with ammunition.  O’Tool admitted to his involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine in and around the Carroll, Iowa area, which he acquired from a source in Omaha, Nebraska.  On July 11, 2019, law enforcement agents met with O’Tool and seized two 9mm pistols from O’Tool’s truck.  O’Tool again admitted distributing meth in the Carroll, Iowa area.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  O’Tool was sentenced to 136 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 4-year term of supervised release following any imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  O’Tool remains in custody pending transport to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Denison Police Department, Carroll Police Department, and Iowa DCI. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-3017.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated December 10, 2021

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