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North Central Iowa Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Hanson conspired to distribute over 3 pounds of meth.

A Lakota, Iowa methamphetamine dealer was sentenced today to 14 years in federal prison.

Christopher Paul Hanson, age 30, from Lakota, IA received the prison term after a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute at least 1,500 grams of pure methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a drug user.

In a plea agreement, Hanson admitted to distributing at least 1,500 grams of pure methamphetamine in and around North Central Iowa.  In September 2018, a vehicle was stopped and in the vehicle was approximately ten pounds of methamphetamine, part of which was packaged for delivery to Hanson for re-distribution.  On September 26, 2018, Hanson’s residence was searched pursuant to a search warrant.  Law enforcement seized drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials, drug ledgers, marijuana, methamphetamine, and guns, including a rifle and a pistol, along with ammunition for both guns.

Hanson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Hanson was sentenced to 168 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.

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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Central Drug Task Force. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-3057.

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Updated June 25, 2020

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