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Iowa Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Distributed nearly six pounds of meth in Northwest Iowa in less than a year

Timothy Steinbeck, age 47 from Terril, Iowa, plead guilty on April 19, 2023, in federal court in Sioux City, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

Steinbeck admitted that from August 2021 through June 2022, he and others were involved in a conspiracy to distribute nearly six pounds of methamphetamine in Northwest Iowa.  Evidence further showed that Steinbeck distributed methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement on three separate occasions.  On June 15, 2022, law enforcement searched Steinbeck’s residence in Royal, Iowa, and seized additional methamphetamine.  That same day, firearms were seized from a relative’s home which Steinbeck had moved in an attempt to conceal from law enforcement.

Steinbeck was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Steinbeck was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  Steinbeck must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Steinbeck 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 Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer Police Department, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Iowa DCI Laboratory, Clay County Attorney’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Iowa State Patrol Tactical Teams.

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-4050.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated November 9, 2023

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