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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Three Cedar County Men Sentenced to Federal Prison on Meth Manufacturing Charges

Last week, three Cedar County men were sentenced to federal prison on methamphetamine manufacturing charges.  Telly Ranzenberger and Brian Hagen were sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment and 48 months’ imprisonment, respectively.  In a separate case, Tracey McGhghy was sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment

Hagen, 43, and Ranzenberger, 42, from Lowden, Iowa, and McGhghy, 48, from Manley, Iowa, received the prison terms after pleading guilty to conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.  At separate plea hearings, each defendant admitted that he entered into a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Ranzenberger and Hagen were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Senior Judge Mark W. Bennett.  McGhghy was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Each defendant was ordered to serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ravi T. Narayan and investigated by the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office.  The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Johnson County Drug Task Force.

Court file information at

The case file numbers are 16-CR-42 and 16-CR-60

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