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Sioux City Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Received over 20 pounds of meth by mail from CA to distribute in IA

A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced July 15, 2022, to 64 months’ imprisonment.

Abby Bringman, 34, from Sioux City, Iowa, pled guilty February 4, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that from January 2021 through September 2021, Bringman and others distributed more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine.  On September 29, 2021, Bringman was apprehended while retrieving a five-pound package of methamphetamine that was delivered by the US Postal Service from her source of supply in California.  The package had been intercepted by the US Postal Service and was covertly delivered by agents to an address in Akron, Iowa.  Bringman was found in possession of the US Postal package containing methamphetamine as well as approximately 1.5 additional pounds of methamphetamine which law enforcement later seized from Bringman’s vehicle.  Agents also seized more than $22,000 from Bringman and her residence.  Bringman admitted that over the previous several months she had previously received several packages from her source in California containing a total 15 to 20 pounds of methamphetamine.  Bringman also admitted the money seized was drug proceeds and she planned to distribute some or all of the methamphetamine to other persons. 

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Bringman was sentenced to 64 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 3-year term of supervised release following imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Bringman remains in custody of the United States Marshal until she can be transported to a federal prison.  

The case was 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 21-4079. 

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Updated July 25, 2022

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