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Las Vegas Man to Federal Prison for Iowa Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Sent methamphetamine through the mail to Spencer, Iowa

James Conlan, 58, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced May 31, 2023, in federal court in Sioux City, Iowa, to over eight years in federal prison. 

On January 25, 2023, Conlan plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Evidence at the plea and sentencing hears showed that between January 2021 and December 2021, he and others were involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than a kilogram of methamphetamine across Northwest Iowa.  Conlan further admitted that he utilized the United States Postal Service to send methamphetamine from Las Vegas, Nevada, to an undercover post office box in Spencer, Iowa on two occasions. 

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Conlan was sentenced to 100 months’ imprisonment and must serve a term of four years of supervised release following the imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Conlan remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick T. Greenwood and Shawn Wehde, and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, U.S. Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, Iowa DCI Laboratory, Iowa State Patrol, Colorado State Patrol, and the Cherokee Iowa Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4049. 

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Updated June 5, 2023

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