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Cedar Rapids Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A Cedar Rapids man who distributed over ten pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced October 26, 2023, to 21 years in federal prison.

Anthony McNeese, age 39, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 26, 2023 guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.   

Information disclosed at sentencing showed that, in November 2020, McNeese threw over 400 grams of ice methamphetamine out of the window of his vehicle as he fled from law enforcement.  McNeese drove at a high rate of speed through residential neighborhoods and eventually escaped on foot.  Later, McNeese directed his friend to go to the police station and attempt to claim ownership of the ice methamphetamine McNeese threw out of his window; however, McNeese’s scheme did not work.  In late November and early December 2020, McNeese obtained at least 10 pounds of ice methamphetamine from his source of supply, which he then redistributed.  At times, McNeese knowingly possessed a firearm when distributing ice methamphetamine.  On December 7, 2020, law enforcement searched McNeese’s vehicle and recovered an additional 37 grams of ice methamphetamine.

McNeese was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  McNeese was sentenced to 251 months’ imprisonment, and he must also serve a five‑year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

McNeese 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 Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Sixth Judicial District of Correctional Services’ High-Risk Unit and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.   

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-00039-CJW.

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Updated October 27, 2023

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