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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth-Distribution Conspiracy

Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Matthew Vance Query, age 34, of Mason City, Iowa, received his prison term after an August 10, 2017, guilty plea; and Ronald William Frank, age 31, of Mason City, Iowa, received his prison term after an August 28, 2017, guilty plea.  Query and Frank each pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

Query and Frank admitted their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northern Iowa and Colorado between 2012 and April 7, 2017.  On April 3, 2017, search warrants were executed as part of the investigation into Frank and Query, including a traffic stop, search of Query’s residence, a storage unit and a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Frank.  Located in the vehicle was marijuana, and a container containing 378.9 grams of ice methamphetamine.     During the search of Query’s residence, marijuana, scales, packaging materials and cash was located.  Stolen property was located at Query’s residence and storage unit.  Query was responsible for the distribution of more than 500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Frank was responsible for the distribution of more than 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.

Query and Frank were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Query was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  Frank was sentenced to 96 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.

Both Query and Frank are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-3026.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

 

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Updated February 15, 2018