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Nebraska Man to Federal Prison for Iowa Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Search of defendant’s hotel room reveals drugs, scale, and packaging materials

A man who conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 13, 2018, to sixteen years in federal prison.

Ryan Wilcox, 30, from Omaha, Nebraska, received the prison term after an October 13, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Wilcox admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Sioux City area from January 2017 through about April 29, 2017.  During a search of a hotel registered to Wilcox, law enforcement seized a digital scale, approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine, and a bag of syringes in the safe within the room and a large quantity of plastic baggies on top of the safe.  During a post-Miranda interview, Wilcox admitted ownership of the methamphetamine and supplies in the hotel room.

Wilcox was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Leonard T. Strand.  Wilcox was sentenced to 192 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Wilcox 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 Mikala M. Steenholdt and investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force consisting of officers from the Sioux City Police Department, South Sioux City Police Department, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Criminalistics, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-4044.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated March 20, 2018

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