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Four People Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Distribution Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Two men and two women have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Joseph Hough, age 30, of Dakota City, Iowa, Diane Kletsch, age 50, of Superior, Iowa, Timothy Lamb, age 48, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Yolanda Hernandez, age 46, of Donna, Texas, received their prison terms after October 10 and 11, 2012, guilty pleas. Hough, Kletsch, Lamb, and Hernandez each pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to information disclosed at the sentencings, and change of plea hearings, Lamb and Hough received up to ounce quantities of methamphetamine and resold it to numerous others. Kletsch was receiving methamphetamine from Hernandez and re-distributing it to others. Hernandez sold up to pound quantities of methamphetamine per month to others who resold it to numerous others. The conspiracy lasted from January 2011 to January 2012, in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.
Hough, Kletsch, Lamb, and Hernandez were sentenced on February 12, 3012, in United States District court in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Hough was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment, Kletsch was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment, Lamb was sentenced to 136 months’ imprisonment, and Hernandez was sentenced to 109 months’ imprisonment. Lamb, Hernandez, and Kletsch must each serve five-year terms of supervised release after prison. Hough must serve a four-year term of supervised release after prison. There is no parole in the federal system. Hough, Lamb, Hernandez, and Kletsch, were each ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

All four are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Iowsa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Chereokee County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville, Iowa, Police Department, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, North Central Iowa Narcotics Drug Task Force, and the Webster County Drug Task Force.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-3033.

Updated February 19, 2015