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Sioux City Woman Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Holbrook conspired to distribute over 3 pounds of meth

A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty October 16, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City.

Stephanie Holbrook, age 32, from Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Holbrook admitted that from about September 2018 through April 2019, she and others conspired to distribute more than three pounds of methamphetamine in the Woodbury County, Iowa area.  On four separate occasions Holbrook, with the aid of another co-conspirator, distributed nearly one pound of pure methamphetamine (in total) to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.  Then on April 17, 2019, after a co-conspirator helped arrange for a methamphetamine transaction, Holbrook was caught with nearly a half pound of pure methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Holbrook will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Holbrook 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

The case file number is 19-4029.

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Updated October 18, 2019

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