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Man Who Distributed Methamphetamine from Prison Sentenced to More Than Ten Years

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

A man who was responsible for distributing pounds of ice methamphetamine while he was in state prison was sentenced May 17, 2019, to ten years in federal prison.

Cash Burch, age 35, from Des Moines, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 4, 2019, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence during the case established that while incarcerated in state prison for state felony drug charges, Burch became involved in a conspiracy to distribute ice methamphetamine.  Once released from state prison, he continued his involvement in the conspiracy, ultimately distributing more than ten pounds of ice methamphetamine

Burch was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Burch was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve an eight-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Burch 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 Lisa C. Williams and was 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force (Waterloo Police Department; Cedar Falls Police Department; Waverly Police Department; Bremer  County Sheriff’s Office; Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office; LaPorte City Police Department; Evansdale Police Department; Hudson Police Department), Mid Iowa Drug Task Force (Marshalltown Police Department; Marshall County Sheriff’s Office; Tama County), and Dubuque Drug Task Force (Dubuque Police Department; Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office). 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-2024.

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Updated May 20, 2019

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