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Sheldon Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced January 8, 2014, to ten years in federal prison.

Leroy Raffaelli, 44, from Sheldon, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 25, 2013, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Raffaelli admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine from February 2011 through February 2013.  On one occasion in January 2013, in Sheldon, Raffaelli distributed 9.76 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.

Raffaelli was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Raffaelli was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Raffaelli 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 Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, and Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 13-4013.

Updated February 19, 2015