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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

A Sioux City man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine around the tri-state area pled guilty April 15, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Leroy Eric McCoy, age 39, from Sioux City, Iowa was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  In a plea agreement, McCoy admitted to conspiring to distributing large quantities of methamphetamine around the tri-state area.  McCoy was previously convicted in 2005 of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine near a private location and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  McCoy remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  McCoy faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, and term of five years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by 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

The case file number is 20-4039.

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Updated April 15, 2021

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