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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Methamphetamine Trafficking

Repeat Drug Trafficker Sentenced for Having Over 435 Grams of “Ice” Methamphetamine

A Cedar Rapids man who was previously convicted of selling cocaine was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison for trafficking in 99% pure “ice” methamphetamine.

Ryan William Buchheim, age 48, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 17, 2017 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Buchheim admitted that on March 16, 2017, police officers stopped Buchheim’s car in Cedar Rapids.  A drug dog alerted on the car, indicating the presence of drugs, and officers found a backpack in the car containing 435 grams of “ice” methamphetamine.  The methamphetamine was over 99% pure.  Buchheim admitted that he intended to sell the methamphetamine.  Buchheim was previously convicted of delivery of cocaine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Buchheim was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  He was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment and fined $15,000.  Buchheim must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Buchheim 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 Ravi T. Narayan and Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration and Cedar Rapids Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-84-LRR.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated May 23, 2018