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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Trafficking and Money Laundering

A man who conspired to distribute pounds of methamphetamine and launder drug proceeds pled guilty on March 12, 2018, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Derek Richard Rath, age 35, of Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Evidence at a prior court proceeding showed that Rath received several multi-pound shipments of ice methamphetamine through the mail, which he then resold in Dubuque.  Evidence showed that Anthony McCarron mailed the methamphetamine from Phoenix, Arizona, to Rath from September 2016 to June 2017.  Rath also shipped large quantities of cash to McCarron to pay for each shipment of methamphetamine.  At the plea hearing, Rath admitted that he and McCarron used aliases when shipping the drugs and money.  McCarron previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering on October 30, 2017.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Rath remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Rath faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $40,000,000 fine, and at least 10 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Court file information at  The case file number is 17-CR-1042-LTS.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 14, 2018