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Second Federal Conviction for Drug Trafficking Leads to 10 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Iowa City Man Selling Meth, PCP, and Synthetic Drugs

A man who sold “ice” methamphetamine, PCP, and synthetic drugs was sentenced on June 12, 2018, to ten years in federal prison.

Jeffrey Simmermaker, age 46, from Iowa City, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 20, 2017 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Evidence at the sentencing hearing established that Simmermaker was selling methamphetamine, PCP, and synthetic drugs in Tipton, Iowa.  Simmermaker was previously convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in federal court on October 12, 2004.

Simmermaker was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Simmermaker was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve an eight-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Simmermaker 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 Matthew J. Cole and Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and investigated by the Tipton Police Department, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Muscatine County Drug Task Force. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-88-LRR.

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Updated June 18, 2018

Drug Trafficking