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Mason City Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Meth

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

A Mason City woman who allowed her daughter and another individual to store methamphetamine in her home was sentenced February 21, 2024, to more nearly 4 years in federal prison.

Julie Ann Sankey, age 62, from Mason City, Iowa received the prison term after an August 29, 2023, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Sankey was in possession of a half-ounce of ice methamphetamine that belonged to the co-defendants and was intended for sale.  Sankey allowed her co-defendants to store up pounds of methamphetamine for resale on 15 through 20 different occasions between 2020 and 2021.

Sankey was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Sankey was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment.   She must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Office, Mason City Police Department, Clear Lake Police Department, Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, and the North Central Iowa Drug Task Force. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-3006.

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Updated February 21, 2024

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