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Five-Time Drug Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A man with four prior drug-related felonies who trafficked methamphetamine in 2016 was sentenced today to more than 14 years in federal prison.

Andrew Sarchett, age 39, from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and previously from Marion, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 22, 2020 guilty plea to one count of distribution of methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Sarchett admitted he was involved with the sale of methamphetamine in the Cedar Rapids area in 2016.  The plea agreement also showed Sarchett was involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine at a Marion residence rented by Sarchett’s then-girlfriend.  After the discovery of the methamphetamine laboratory, the landlord of the residence spent approximately $7,500 to clean up the residence.  Sarchett had been convicted of four prior drug related felonies.

Sarchett was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Sarchett was sentenced to 176 months’ imprisonment and he was ordered to make $7,500 in restitution to the landlord for repair of the property.  He must also serve a six-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Sarchett 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 Patrick J. Reinert and investigated by the Marion, Iowa, Police Department and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-00082.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated July 13, 2020

Drug Trafficking