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Waterloo Woman Headed to Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

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

A woman who admitted conspiring with others to sell methamphetamine was sentenced September 24, 2021, to nearly four years in federal prison.

Jennifer Marie Klingsmith, age 36, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 15, 2021 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

At the guilty plea, Klingsmith admitted she conspired with others beginning around November 2019 through February 2020 to distribute methamphetamine.  Klingsmith admitted selling methamphetamine to two other people.  Overall, Klingsmith was involved in trafficking more than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

Klingsmith was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Klingsmith was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment.  She must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Klingsmith is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Alex Geocaris and Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and investigated by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Falls Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-cr-2046.

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Updated September 27, 2021

Drug Trafficking