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Iowa Man to Prison for Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Tinken was involved in the possession and distribution of over 2 pounds of meth

Tyler Tinken, 37, from Dakota City, Iowa, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to more than 3 years in federal prison on December 7, 2020.

Evidence at showed that from July 2019 through November 14, 2019, Tinken was involved in a conspiracy that distributed methamphetamine in the Humboldt and Sac County areas. On multiple occasions in September and October 2019, Tinken distributed just over a pound of pure methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.  During a search of Tinken’s vehicle and residence in November 2019, law enforcement seized over 650 grams of pure methamphetamine that Tinken intended to distribute to others. 

Tinken was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Tinken was sentenced to 47 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Tinken was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-3059. 

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Updated December 8, 2020

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