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Northern District of Iowa

Monday, January 9, 2017

Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced January 6, 2017, to more than 12 years in federal prison.


Kevin Babb, 55, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after a October 7, 2016, jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine and three counts of distribution of methamphetamine.


Evidence at trial showed Babb was involved in a conspiracy that distributed methamphetamine in the Sioux City area from 2012 through 2014. On three separate occasions in April and July 2014, evidence showed that Babb provided methamphetamine during controlled drug transactions with law enforcement.


Babb was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand. Babb was sentenced to 150 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $400 was imposed. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.


Babb is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.


The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Nathan W. Nelson and United States Attorney Jack Lammers and 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 The case file number is 16-4041. Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

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