Jury Finds Sioux City Man Guilty of Meth Conspiracy
A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was convicted by a jury on October 7, 2016, after a 2 ½-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.
Kevin Babb, 55, from Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine and three counts of distribution of methamphetamine. The verdict was returned this afternoon following about one hour of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that Babb was involved in a conspiracy that distributed methamphetamine in the Sioux City area from 2012 through 2014. On three separate occasions between April and July 2014, evidence showed that Babb sold methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Babb remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Babb faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, $400 in special assessments, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Nathan W. Nelson and was investigated by the 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 https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 16-4041. Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.