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Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty to Meth and Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Quillen, a convicted felon, found in possession of a half-pound of meth, and stolen guns.

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed guns pled guilty March 12, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City.

Wayne Allen Quillen, Jr. 49, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a firearm by a felon.  Quillen was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and/or amphetamine with intent to distribute in Webster County, Iowa in March 2001.  

At the plea hearing, Quillen admitted that from about 2017 through July 2018, he and others conspired to distribute more than three pounds of methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge area.  On December 27, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence Quillen and co-defendant Cody Groat resided at.  At that time officers seized over ½ pound of methamphetamine, three handguns, a modified shotgun with no serial number, and assorted 9mm ammunition.  It was later determined that two of the 9mm handguns had been stolen from a large scale firearm burglary/arson case in Calhoun County, Iowa.  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Quillen remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  On the drug convictions, Quillen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, with a consecutive mandatory minimum 5 years’ imprisonment on one gun conviction, and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, up to a $24,500,000 in fines, and at least ten years 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, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Webster County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations.

Court file information at  The case file number is 18-3023.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated March 15, 2019

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