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Mason City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cerro Gordo County Meth Conspiracy

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

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 23, 2015, to more than 21 years in federal prison.

Christopher Lee Evenson, 32, from Mason City, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 14, 2014, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Evenson was previously convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in 2004.

At the guilty plea, Evenson admitted his involvement from January 2014 through August 2014, in a conspiracy that distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Evenson was found in possession of 109.75 grams of methamphetamine in August 2014, when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped.  The methamphetamine was located under the front passenger seat, where Evenson was seated.  Evenson admitted to selling approximately a pound of ice methamphetamine.

Evenson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Evenson was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed.  He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Evenson 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, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Mason City Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-3048.

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Updated March 25, 2015