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Vinton Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Meth

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

A man who distributed methamphetamine was sentenced today to more than six years in federal prison.

Chad Allen Havens, age 55, from Vinton, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 23, 2022 guilty plea to two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that, on three occasions between May 2021 and September 2021, Havens distributed a total of approximately four ounces of ice methamphetamine.

Havens was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Havens was sentenced to 78 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Havens 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 Attorneys Devra T. Hake and Adam J. Vander Stoep and investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; and the Vinton Police Department.

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-77.

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Updated July 8, 2022

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