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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crawford County Woman Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty on July 17, 2015, in federal court in Sioux City.

Katja Bails, 37, from Kiron, Iowa, was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, 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, Iowa and Ida Grove, Iowa areas.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Bails will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Bails faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, 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 Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Ida County Sheriff’s Office, Denison Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-4086.

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Updated July 29, 2015