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Dubuque Man Who Sold Methamphetamine To Serve Over 27 Years in Federal Prison

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

A man who sold “ice” methamphetamine in Dubuque, and who sometimes provided drugs in exchange for firearms, was sentenced today to more than 27 years in federal prison.


Dale McCoy, age 51, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 30, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of more of actual methamphetamine. 


At the guilty plea, McCoy admitted that he worked with other people to sell ice methamphetamine from at least as early as September 2016 through October 2016.  Sentencing documents state that McCoy sold a “high volume” of methamphetamine in Dubuque.  McCoy would at times trade the methamphetamine for firearms.  McCoy would then supply the firearms to his drug source, in exchange for even more methamphetamine to sell in Dubuque. 


McCoy was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  McCoy was sentenced to 327 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must serve a 10-year term of supervised release after his prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.


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


The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lightfoot and investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, the Dubuque Police Department, and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office. 


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-1015.


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Updated November 6, 2017

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