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Spirit Lake Man With Prior Drug Conviction Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

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

A man was sentenced today, December 11, 2017, to more than 10 years in federal prison.


Jesse Lee Wrinkle, 35, from Spirit Lake, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 3, 2017 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


In a plea agreement, Wrinkle admitted that he traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to purchase methamphetamine.  From November 2015 through April 2016, defendant made approximately twelve trips to Council Bluffs and picked up anywhere between one to three ounces of methamphetamine each time.  On February 20, 2017, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on Wrinkle and seized almost half a pound of methamphetamine, 61.1 grams of marijuana, and $1500. In addition, Wrinkle had a previous Dickinson County conviction for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine from 2016.


Wrinkle was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Wrinkle was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Wrinkle is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.


The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Ajay J. Alexander and investigated by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. 


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-4035-LTS.


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Updated December 11, 2017

Drug Trafficking