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Dubuque Man Who Trafficked Hundreds of Pounds of Ice Methamphetamine Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A man who trafficked over 300 pounds of ice methamphetamine in the Dubuque, Iowa, area was sentenced today to more than 11 years in federal prison.

Jason Laufenberg, age 39, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 5, 2023 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine, a controlled substance.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that from 2019 to 2021, Laufenberg and co-conspirators trafficked over 300 pounds of ice methamphetamine in the Dubuque, Iowa, area.  Each pound cost Laufenberg about $3,500.

Laufenberg was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Laufenberg was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment and must also serve a 4-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Laufenberg 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 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.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated March 28, 2024

Drug Trafficking