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Des Moines Man Sentenced to Over 30 Years in Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine and Two Firearm Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Career offender who transported nearly a pound of meth to Dubuque, Iowa

A convicted felon who distributed nearly a pound of methamphetamine and possessed a gun was sentenced today to more than 30 years in federal prison.

Patrick Miller Webb, age 32, from Des Moines, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 20, 2021 jury verdict finding him guilty of distribution of methamphetamine near a protected location, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The evidence at trial showed that Webb drove from Des Moines to Dubuque to sell nearly one pound of methamphetamine during a controlled buy for $6,000.  Following the drug sale, officers found a loaded firearm underneath the driver’s seat of Webb’s car, where he had been sitting. The drug distribution occurred inside a carwash that was located within 1,000 feet of a public playground located at Cleveland Park, Dubuque. Webb has a previous felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and was also a user of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Information at sentencing showed that Webb had previously been convicted of two felonies involving controlled substances, which classified him as a career offender.

Webb was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Webb was sentenced to 380 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Geocaris and Assistant United States Attorney Tony Morfitt and was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, comprised of the Dubuque Police Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at   

The case file number is 20-CR-1018.

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Updated December 6, 2021

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