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Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Over a Decade in Federal Prison

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

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on August 30, 2022, to more than eleven years in federal prison.  Jonathan Roy Wright, age 43, from Marion, Iowa, received the prison term after a April 14, 2022 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. 

Information disclosed at sentencing showed that, between October 2020 and October 2021, Wright distributed at least 1,800 grams of ice methamphetamine.  Wright also has a serious and long criminal history, having been convicted of several assault-related offenses and eleven prior drug-related offenses.       

Wright was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Wright was sentenced to 136 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra Hake and Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-00007-LTS.

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Updated August 31, 2022

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