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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Crawford County Woman To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced June 21, 2016, to five years in federal prison.

Katja Bails, 36, from Kiron, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 17, 2015, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Bails admitted that from about 2012 and continuing through November 2014 she was involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than 5,000 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Bails traveled periodically from the Denison, Iowa, area to Omaha, Nebraska to obtain large quantities of methamphetamine which she then distributed in the Denison and Ida Grove, Iowa areas.

Bails was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Bails was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  She must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Ida County Sheriff’s Office, Denison Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.    

Court file information at 

The case file number is 14-4086.

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