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Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth-Distribution Conspiracy

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

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced February 27, 2018, to 10 years in federal prison.

Delbert Raymond Lane, age 40, of Nora Springs, Iowa, received his prison term after a November 13, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

Lane admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in North Central Iowa between 2014 and April of 2017.  During this time frame, Lane was receiving ounces of high purity methamphetamine and breaking them into smaller quantities for resale.  In August 2016, Lane sold an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Mason City.  On November 23, 2016, defendant was in possession, with intent to deliver, approximately 43 grams of 96% pure methamphetamine.  Lane sold methamphetamine in various quantities, up to ounces.

Lane sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Lane was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 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.

Lane 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 North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-3048.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated February 28, 2018

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