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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty to Meth and Firearm Offenses

Defendant had pistol in his waistband while seeking to distribute meth

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while possessing a firearm pled guilty June 6, 2018, in federal court in Sioux City.

Carl Douglas Lambert, Jr. 47, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

At the plea hearing, Lambert, Jr. admitted that from January 2017 through December 2017 he and others distributed over three pounds of pure methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, Iowa area.  On November 4, 2017, Lambert, Jr. possessed a .22 caliber pistol in his waistband and over 46 grams of methamphetamine.  Lambert, Jr. admitted he intended to distribute the methamphetamine to other person(s) and that he carried the pistol for protection.  

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Lambert, Jr. remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Lambert, Jr. faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, in addition to a consecutive 5 years’ mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment on the firearm conviction, and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $15,250,000 fine, and five years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-3056.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 7, 2018