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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two Sioux City Men Plead Guilty To Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Two men who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty July 23, 2013, and August 26, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.

Robert Skarin, and William Meisner, both 53 and from Sioux City, Iowa, were convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearings, each admitted that from the beginning of 2013 through April 2013 they distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Sioux City, Iowa area. Each further admitted that on at least two occasions they traveled together to Omaha, Nebraska, to obtain methamphetamine for later distribution in Sioux City. On April 3, 2013, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Skarin with Meisner as passenger. A search yielded a brown paper bag rolled up and hidden inside Skarin’s right sock. The bag contained over 80 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Skarin and Meisner intended to distribute some or all of this methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after presentence reports are prepared. Each were taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty pleas and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Skarin and Meisner each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and five years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, which 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 the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 13-4035.

Updated February 19, 2015