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Man Who Conspired to Distribute Drugs Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Was found with methamphetamine tablets, cocaine, and marijuana during a traffic stop

A man who was found in possession of 370 methamphetamine tablets, almost 200 grams of cocaine, and marijuana, was sentenced on February 17, 2022, to five years in federal prison.

Daniel Barlow, age 34, from Madison, Wisconsin, received the prison term after pleading guilty in July 2021 to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Barlow admitted that he possessed 151 grams of marijuana, 370 tablets containing 134 grams of methamphetamine, 195 grams of cocaine, and $5,262 in cash.  The drugs and cash were found during a traffic stop in Dubuque County, in a car in which Barlow was the passenger.  During the traffic stop, a drug dog alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the car.  Barlow had attempted to disguise the smell of drugs by sprinkling chili powder over the packages containing the drugs.  Law enforcement then searched the car and found the drugs and money.  Barlow further admitted that he had agreed to distribute at least some of the methamphetamine to other people and that the cash was either proceeds from drug sales or was intended to be used to further drug trafficking.  Barlow had previously been convicted of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it in Wisconsin.

Barlow was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  He was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 4-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Barlow 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 Attorneys Devra Hake and Alex Geocaris and was investigated by the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and the Dubuque Drug Task Force. 

Court file information is at

The case file number is 20-CR-01036.

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Updated February 18, 2022

Drug Trafficking