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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 28, 2014

Larchwood, Iowa Man Sentenced On Methamphetamine Manufacturing Charges

A Larchwood, Iowa man was sentenced April 22, 2014 to 10 years in federal prison.

DUANE MIDDLEN, age 56, from Larchwood, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 30, 2014, guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Middlen admitted that from no later than January 2012 and continuing until about September 2013, he was involved in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine with many people.  Middlen and Durant Kruger had received pseudoephedrine pills as well as other items and in turn manufactured methamphetamine at Middlen’s residence.  Numerous persons purchased pseudoephedrine pills in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and in turn provided them to Middlen.  Middlen then manufactured methamphetamine within his residence and in buildings throughout property owned by Middlen, in Lyon County, Iowa.  During the conspiracy, methamphetamine was manufactured at least 500 times at Middlen’s property.

Middlen was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Middlen was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Middlen 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 Jack Lammers and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. 

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 13-4092.

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