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Man Found with Methamphetamine Hidden Under Car Hood Sentenced to Fourteen Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who committed a drug trafficking offense was sentenced on January 10, 2024, to fourteen years in federal prison for possessing large quantities of methamphetamine.

Cody James Darland Heinrichs, age 34, from Newton, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 1, 2023 guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.       

After Heinrichs was traffic stopped by police in Waterloo, Iowa, they located over 1,200 grams of methamphetamine hidden under the hood of his vehicle and $2,000 on his person.

Heinrichs was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Heinrichs was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Heinrichs 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 Nicole L. Nagin, and it was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Black Hawk County Sherriff’s Office.

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR- 2017.

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Updated January 10, 2024

Drug Trafficking