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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fort Dodge Couple To Federal Prison For Drug Conspiracy

Contact: Steve Young

A couple who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana were sentenced December 19, 2014, and January 13, 2015, to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Carl Duckett (Kifer), 32, and Jessica Duckett, 28, both from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after August and September guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana.  Carl also pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  In 2012, Carl and Jessica were each convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in Iowa.    

At the guilty pleas, both admitted their involvement from 2006 through October 2013 in a conspiracy that distributed at least 15 kilograms of methamphetamine and over 100 pounds of marijuana in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. In 2011 during a search warrant at the Duckett residence, law enforcement seized numerous growing marijuana plants, methamphetamine and several firearms.  In 2013, another search warrant was executed and six ounces of methamphetamine, three pounds of marijuana and $9000 was seized from the Duckett residence.   

Both were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Carl was sentenced to 183 months’ imprisonment.  Jessica was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed for Carl and $100 special assessment for Jessica.  Each must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Both are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Fort Dodge Police Department, the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.   

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 13-3046.

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Updated February 19, 2015