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Man Sentenced to Federal Prison Again After Conviction for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

A man who previously was convicted of a federal drug trafficking offense was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison.

Michael Wayne Bailey, age 43, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 16, 2021 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance after having been convicted of a serious drug felony.

At the guilty plea, Bailey admitted he was involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine beginning in late 2019 and continuing to March 2020. Baily was previously convicted in 2007 of federal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of marijuana charges.

Bailey was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Bailey was sentenced to 153 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Bailey 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 Emily K. Nydle and 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 Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-cr-78.

Updated October 15, 2021

Drug Trafficking