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Mason City Woman to Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Nearly a pound of methamphetamine and over $5,000 seized from defendant’s residence.

 A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Mason City was sentenced September 10, 2018, to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Brenda Ruehlow, age 38 from Mason City, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 4, 2018 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Ruehlow admitted she and others conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Mason City area from before January 2017 to April 2017. 

On April 21, 2017, a search warrant of Ruhelow’s residence resulted in seizing 444.16 grams of ice methamphetamine along with $5,012 in cash, $500 worth in seized electronics and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. 

Ruehlow was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Ruehlow was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment. She must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Central Iowa Drug Task Force, Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-3011.

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Updated September 11, 2018

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