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Iowa Man Cannot Run Away from Prison Time for Dealing Drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Led Officers on High-Speed Chase While Throwing Items from Car

A man who trafficked meth in Iowa and had numerous prior criminal convictions was sentenced October 23, 2019, to 14 years in federal prison.

Chase Kincaid Secrist, age 26, from Mechanicsville, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 6, 2019, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute controlled meth.

In a plea agreement, Secrist admitted he was part of a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in Iowa in 2018.  In September 2018, officers attempted to stop Secrist while he was driving.  Secrist refused to stop and then led officers on a high-speed chase.  The chase lasted 23 minutes.  During the chase, Secrist threw a gun and meth from his car. 

Secrist’s criminal history includes a felony child endangerment conviction and a felony burglary conviction.  Secrist has also been convicted multiple times for operating cars without owners consent, trespass, public intoxication, voluntary absence, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, and absence from custody

Secrist was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Secrist was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment.  Secrist must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Secrist 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 Emily K. Nydle and investigated by, the Tipton Police Department, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Muscatine County Drug Taskforce, and the University of Iowa Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-cr-122.

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Updated October 28, 2019

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