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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fort Dodge Man To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced June 19, 2013, to eleven years in federal prison.

Randy Feauto, 31, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 22, 2013, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. On February 6, 2012, Feauto was convicted of delivery of a simulated controlled substance in the Iowa District Court for Buena Vista County.

At the guilty plea, Feauto admitted his involvement from about 2009 through September 2012, in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. On two occasions in May 2011, Feauto distributed over 2 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement. Feauto possessed a .380 auto handgun in connection with his drug trafficking offenses. On August 17, 2012, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Feauto’s residence and officers seized the firearm from between the mattress and box spring in Feauto’s bedroom. Officers also seized a quantity of MSM (a known cutting agent for methamphetamine), marijuana and digital scales.

Feauto was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Feauto was sentenced to 132 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Feauto 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 Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster County Drug Task Force, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, and 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 12-3046.

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