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Cedar Falls Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Pure Methamphetamine

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

A Cedar Falls man who distributed pure methamphetamine was sentenced February 22, 2016, to more than 17 years in federal prison.

Seth Beard, age 36, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 29, 2015, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine.  At the guilty plea, Beard admitted that between December 2013 and August 2015 he was involved in the importation of over 8.7 kilograms (3.9 pounds) of pure methamphetamine which he distributed with others in the Cedar Falls area. 

Beard was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Beard was sentenced to 205 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Beard 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 Dan Chatham as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Tri-County Drug Task Force, comprised of the Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Falls Police Department.

Court file information at 

The case file number is 15-CR-2042.

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Updated February 25, 2016

Drug Trafficking