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Cherokee Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Involved in the distribution of more than 1.5 kilograms of meth from Nevada and California to Iowa

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty on June 6, 2023, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jason Werner, 37, from Cherokee, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Werner admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine from December 2019 through May 2022.  Werner further admitted to assisting at least six others in the conspiracy in obtaining roughly four pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of marijuana from sources in California and Nevada and transporting it via a hidden vehicle compartment to Cherokee, Iowa, for further distribution. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Werner is in the custody of the United States Marshal and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Werner faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, United States Postal Inspectors, Homeland Security Investigations, Iowa DCI Laboratory, and Cherokee Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4066.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated June 6, 2023

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