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Repeat Drug Offender Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Had Previous Federal Conviction for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

A Cedar Rapids man who was convicted of his second federal drug offense was sentenced today to more than 16 years in federal prison.

Curtis Lee Prescott, age 53, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 28, 2021 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance after a conviction for a serious drug offense.

At the guilty plea, Prescott admitted he was involved in distributing methamphetamine between January 2019 and July 2020.  Prescott’s criminal history includes felony convictions in seven separate cases with a total of twelve separate felony offenses, including a federal conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine.  He has numerous misdemeanor offenses as well, including a conviction for domestic assault involving strangulation.

Prescott was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Prescott was sentenced to 197 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; and the Drug Enforcement Administration  

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-cr-110-CJW-MAR.

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Updated December 8, 2021

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