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Nebraska Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

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

Brian Raff, 44, from Orchard, Nebraska, pled guilty in federal court on November 29, 2023, to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

At the plea hearing, Raff admitted that he knowingly conspired with co-defendants Douglas Kelley and Kenneth Hurd, to distribute his minor child’s prescription ADHD medication, Vyvanse (amphetamine), a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Raff remains free on bond pending sentencing.  Raff faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Inspections & Appeals, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Sioux City Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kraig R. Hamit. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-4022.

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Updated December 11, 2023

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