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Repeat Dubuque Drug Dealer Sentenced to Over Two Decades in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Previously Convicted of Trafficking Cocaine in 1998

A Dubuque man who was found in possession of over 660 grams of ice methamphetamine was sentenced May 31, 2018, to more than 23 years in federal prison.

Scott Harry, age 42, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 20, 2017, jury verdict finding him guilty of possessing 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it after having a previous conviction for a felony drug offense.

Evidence at trial showed that Harry was stopped by Dubuque Police Department while in possession of over 660 grams of pure methamphetamine hidden in a PVC pipe in the bed of the truck he was driving.  Evidence also showed that Harry had been selling methamphetamine in the Dubuque area.  In 1998, Harry was convicted of delivery of cocaine in state court.

Harry was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Harry was sentenced to 280 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.  Harry 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 Attorneys Ravi Narayan and Patrick Reinert and was 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Dubuque Drug Task Force. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-01017-LTS.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated June 1, 2018

Drug Trafficking