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Dubuque Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A man who distributed methamphetamine in the Dubuque, Iowa, area was sentenced on July 14, 2021, to more than 15 years in federal prison.

Larry Osa Scott, age 44, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 6, 2021 guilty plea to two counts of distribution of a controlled substance near a protected location and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Evidence at sentencing showed that Scott began selling methamphetamine in June 2015.  Between June 2015 and January 2016, Scott obtained over 1,000 grams of methamphetamine.  On January 6, 2016, and October 25, 2019, Scott sold methamphetamine to another person within 1,000 feet of a park in Dubuque.  On October 29, November 4, and November 21, 2019, Scott sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer.  On November 30, 2019, law enforcement was watching Scott’s home because Scott had a warrant for his arrest.  After officers saw Scott arrived home, they approached Scott, who slammed the driver’s door of his truck shut and appeared as if he was going to flee.  Officers eventually took Scott into custody and recovered $740 in cash from his person and close to 14 grams of methamphetamine from his truck. 

Scott was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Scott was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 6-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Scott 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 Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-01007.

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Updated July 20, 2021

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