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Waterloo Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison

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

A Waterloo man who distributed significant quantities of methamphetamine was sentenced on January 5, 2024, to 30 years in federal prison.

Jeffery Turner, age 48, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 28, 2023 jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine. 

Evidence at trial showed that, between 2020 and 2022, Turner obtained approximately twenty pounds of methamphetamine from three different sources — a source in Waterloo, who in turn was obtaining methamphetamine from a Mexican source; a source in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a source in California.  On two occasions in 2022, law enforcement conduced controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Turner.  

Turner was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Turner was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment, and he must also serve a five‑year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Turner is 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 Attorneys Adam J. Vander Stoep, Patrick J. Reinert, and Dillan Edwards and investigated by Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force consisting of the Waterloo Police Department, Cedar Falls Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department, Evansdale Police Department, Waverly Police Department, Hudson Police Department, La Porte City Police Department, and the Bremer County Sheriff’s Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Court file information at

The case file number is 22‑CR‑02059‑CJW.

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Updated January 10, 2024

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