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Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Griffin’s conspiracy involved over 10 pounds of meth, and Griffin has four previous convictions for distributing drugs in Iowa

On January 26, 2022, a man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced in federal court in Sioux City.

Nicholas Griffin, 38, from Sioux City, Iowa, pled guilty on August 31, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Griffin was previously convicted of four felony drug offenses, including possession with intent to deliver marijuana in Dickinson County in 2004; delivery of cocaine in Dickinson County in 2008; possession of MDMA with intent to deliver in Blackhawk County in 2008; and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in Webster County in 2015. 

Evidence at the hearings showed that from November 2020 through January 2021, Griffin and others distributed more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine in the Webster and Hamilton County areas. In January 2021, law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle Griffin was driving. Griffin attempted to flee, with speeds reaching in excess of 100 mph, ultimately resulting in Griffin crashing his vehicle into a utility pole in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement seized approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine, about ½ gram of cocaine, about ¼ ounce of marijuana, and $7,559 in U.S. currency. 

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Griffin was sentenced to 214 months’ imprisonment and a ten-year term of supervised release following any imprisonment.  Griffin 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 Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Iowa Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Iowa Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa DCI Laboratory. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-3001.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated January 28, 2022

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