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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 19, 2021

Sioux City Couple to Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

Conspiracy distributed more than 6.5 kilograms of meth

A Sioux City couple who conspired to distribute methamphetamine were sentenced July 13, and 14, 2021, to federal prison.

Desiree Fredrickson, 36, and Shawn Hofer, 41, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison terms after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence at the combined plea and sentencing hearings showed that Fredrickson and Hofer were involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than 6.5 kilograms of methamphetamine from June 2017 through August 2018.  The couple received pounds of meth via the mail from a local meth dealer.  Later they were receivers/distributors of several 5 pound packages of methamphetamine, plus some cocaine and marijuana in a drugs by mail scheme led locally with California source of supply.

Fredrickson and Hofer were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Fredrickson was sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment.  Hofer was sentenced to 35 months’ imprisonment.  Each must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Each are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the United States Postal Service, and the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.   

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 19-4065. 

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Updated July 19, 2021