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Mason City Man Sentence to Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy and Armed Robbery

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

A Mason City man who was part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin with his father, and a separate conspiracy to rob two victims at gunpoint, was sentenced July 25, 2022, to 30 years in federal prison.

Antione Deandre Maxwell, age 34, from Mason City, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 9, 2021 jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and one count of distribution of heroin; and a November 18, 2021 jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Evidence at his drug trial showed that Antione Maxwell and his father Charleton Maxwell (who was sentenced on February 11, 2022, to more than 17 years in prison) conspired with each other and others to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin in and around Mason City between January 2018 and October 2020.  Both Charleton and Antione were caught distributing methamphetamine and heroin. 

Evidence at his robbery trial showed that, on November 4, 2020, Antione Maxwell, Chavee Harden (who was sentenced on July 25, 2022, to more than 12 years in prison), and another individual conspired to rob local marijuana dealers at gun point of marijuana products and drug-related proceeds.  During the armed robbery, Maxwell held a gun to one of the victim’s head and threatened to kill him. 

Antione Maxwell was previously convicted in federal court on August 17, 2007, of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, and he was sentenced to 84 months’ imprisonment followed by a five-year term of supervised release.  He discharged that sentence on June 7, 2019.

Antione Maxwell was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Antione Maxwell was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment, and he must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jack Lammers, Patrick Reinert, and Dillan Edwards, and investigated by the North Central Iowa Drug Task Force, the Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Office, the Mason City Police Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Clear Lake Police Department, the Waterloo Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file numbers are 20-CR-3044 and 21-CR-2013.

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Updated July 27, 2022

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