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Dows Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Federal Prison for Meth and Heroin Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Received drugs by package delivery from Mexico to distribute in Iowa

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and heroin was sentenced on September 27, 2023, in federal court in Sioux City.

Nathan Miller, 49, from Dows, Iowa, pled guilty May 10, 2023, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and one count of distribution and aiding and abetting another in the distribution of methamphetamine.

At the plea and sentencing hearings evidence showed that during the course of the conspiracy, October 2020 through December 2021, Miller and others participated in the distribution of nearly two kilograms of mixed methamphetamine and nearly one kilogram of heroin.  Miller and another would receive packages of drugs through FedEx and DHL from a source in Mexico to addresses in Minnesota and Iowa for further distribution in Iowa.  Miller also admitted that on April 28, 2021, he and another distributed methamphetamine to a confidential informant working with law enforcement.       

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Miller was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment and must serve a three-year term of supervised release following imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Miller remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa DCI Laboratory, and the Rochester Minnesota Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-3024.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated October 12, 2023

Drug Trafficking