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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Phoenix Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Meth Trafficking and Money Laundering

Shipped 45 Pounds of Meth from Arizona to Iowa

A man who mailed at least 45 pounds of methamphetamine from Phoenix, Arizona, to Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced today to more than 15 years in federal prison.

Anthony Robert McCarron, age 38, originally from Dubuque, received the prison term after an October 30, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine near a school and money laundering.

Evidence presented in court established that McCarron was living in Phoenix when he started shipping packages of “ice” methamphetamine to codefendant Derek Richard Rath in Dubuque.  McCarron mailed at least 45 pounds of methamphetamine into Iowa from July 2016 to July 2017.  Rath paid for the methamphetamine by shipping packages of cash to McCarron.  McCarron and Rath used aliases when shipping the drugs and money.

McCarron was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  McCarron was sentenced to 190 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  McCarron 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 Drew O. Inman and investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Court file information at  The case file number is 17-CR-1042-LTS.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated April 12, 2018