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Fort Dodge Man Sentenced for Meth and Firearm Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Conspiracy involved over seven pounds of meth

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while possessing a firearm was sentenced November 7, 2018, to twenty years in federal prison.

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 more than 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, Iowa area.  On November 4, 2017, officers found Lambert, Jr. possessed a .22 caliber pistol in his waistband and over 46 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Lambert, Jr. admitted he intended to distribute the methamphetamine to other person(s) and that he carried the pistol for protection.  

Lambert, Jr. was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Lambert, Jr. was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Lambert, Jr. 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 Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations Laboratory.  

Court file information at

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

Updated November 8, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses