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Dubuque Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Over a Decade

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

A Dubuque man who possessed over 94 grams of pure methamphetamine was sentenced on February 19, 2020, to over ten years in federal prison.

Deshone Dodson, age 36, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 10, 2019 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

In a plea agreement, Dodson admitted he possessed over 94 grams of pure methamphetamine he intended to distribute.  Dodson was a passenger in a vehicle that law enforcement stopped for not having working headlights at night.  During the traffic stop, officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  They subsequently found a black grocery bag concealed in the trunk behind the carpeted inlay on the driver’s side.  Inside this bag were four individually wrapped clear plastic bags of methamphetamine.  Dodson admitted to owning the bags of meth and that he planned to distribute it to others.

Dodson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Dodson was sentenced to 130 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Dodson 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 Liz Dupuich and investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and the Dubuque Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-1017.

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Updated February 21, 2020

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