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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Soule was prosecuted for a drug related offense in 2015, and began selling meth again in 2018.

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty August 20, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City.

Billy Soule, 37, from Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Soule admitted that from about October 2018 through January 2019 he was involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than 300 grams of pure methamphetamine in the Sioux City, area.  In November/December 2018, in four separate transactions, Soule distributed a total of approximately 9 ounces of pure methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement in both Nebraska and Iowa.  During a traffic stop in January 2019, Soule was found in possession of over more than 4 ounces of pure methamphetamine, which he intended to distribute to other persons. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Soule remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Soule faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by 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 19-4004.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated August 21, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking