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Dubuque Man Involved in Conspiracy to Distribute Hundreds of Pounds of Methamphetamine Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

 A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jason Laufenberg, age 38, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute at least 500 grams of a mixture of substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. 

At a prior hearing, evidence showed that Laufenberg bought and sold hundreds of pounds of ice methamphetamine from multiple drug sources in Dubuque between 2019 and 2022.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Laufenberg remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Laufenberg faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole, a $10,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life. 

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra T. Hake and was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Dubuque Police Department, Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory.

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-1008. 

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Updated October 6, 2023

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