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Fort Dodge Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison For Possessing Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Close to a pound of methamphetamine discovered in defendant’s car

A woman who possessed methamphetamine was sentenced February 27, 2018, to over 17 years in federal prison.

Lara Pineda, age 33, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, received her prison term after a March 24, 2017, guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

At the guilty plea, Pineda admitted she possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute some or all of the methamphetamine to another person.  On September 3, 2016, during a search of her vehicle Pineda was found in possession of approximately one pound of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  After the plea hearing Pineda fled to Mexico and was arrested and transported back to the United States.

Pineda was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Pineda was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  She must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Lara 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 Jack Lammers and investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information at

The case file number is 16-3047.  

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Updated February 28, 2018

Drug Trafficking