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Webster County Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

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

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty on April 7, 2017, in federal court in Sioux City.


Andrew Smith, 32, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


At the plea hearing, Smith admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 5 kilograms of methamphetamine mixture from 2012 through November 2016. On two occasions in 2015, Smith was found in possession of over 27 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Smith admitted he planned to distribute some or all of the methamphetamine to another person or persons.


Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Smith remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Smith faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and Special Assistant United States Attorney Ajay Alexander and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Fort Dodge Police Department.


Court file information at

The case file number is 16-3048.


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Updated April 12, 2017

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