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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ida Grove Man Charged With Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Nathan Paulsen, 28, from Ida Grove, Iowa, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.­  The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on June 17, 2015, in United States District Court in Sioux City.

The Indictment alleges that, from about 2012 through June 2015, Paulsen conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture; and on or about June 6, 2014, he possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture.

If convicted on all charges, Paulsen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Paulsen appeared on June 26, 2015, in federal court in Sioux City and was held without bond.  Paulsen’s next appearance for trial is set for August 3, 2015.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Ida County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is CR15-4038.

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Updated July 8, 2015