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Cedar Rapids Woman Who Brought Child to Drug Deal Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A woman who distributed methamphetamine was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Paige Elizabeth Axler, age 25, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 27, 2021 guilty plea to distributing at least fifty grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that on two occasions in December 2020, Axler distributed approximately two ounces of ice methamphetamine.  The first time, she brought a seven-year-old child with her to the drug deal.  The second time, she obtained the ice methamphetamine from a person in a hotel room before selling it to another person.  Though she is only 25 years old, Axler has accumulated eight adult criminal convictions.

Axler was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  She was sentenced to 45 months’ imprisonment.  She must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Axler is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra T. Hake and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-43.

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Updated March 14, 2022

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