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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced To 420 Months In Federal Prison For Conspiracy To Manufacture Methamphetamine

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

Contact: Steve Young

A man who conspired with others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on January 12, 2015, to 35 years in federal prison.

            Jacob William Brisbin, 28, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 6, 2014, guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute a controlled substance.

            Evidence presented at sentencing showed that for over the past year Brisbin was the leader of a drug trafficking organization and was responsible for the near daily manufacture of methamphetamine.  During this time, Brisbin personally manufactured over 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.  He also maintained a network of various individuals who then distributed this methamphetamine on his behalf.  Brisbin also distributed “Ice” methamphetamine to various customers and possessed numerous firearms in connection with his drug trafficking operation.  During the pendency of this case, Brisbin was detained in the Linn County Jail.  While detained, Brisbin engaged in a pattern of behavior designed to obstruct justice by influencing the testimony of government witnesses.

            Brisbin was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Brisbin was sentenced to 420 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve an eight year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

            Brisbin 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 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Linn County Sherriff’s Office, the Marion Police Department, and the United States Marshall Service. 

            Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-cr-88.

Updated February 19, 2015