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Northern District of Iowa

Friday, June 1, 2018

Woman Sentenced to More than Five Years in Federal Prison for Transporting Ice Methamphetamine

Possessed Over 130 Grams of Ice and More Than $1,000 in Cash

A Corridor woman who was transporting ice methamphetamine from Marion to Cedar Rapids for her boyfriend, a federal felon, was sentenced May 31, 2018, to more than five years in federal prison.

Leea McGinnis, age 35, from the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area, received the prison term after a November 13, 2017, guilty plea to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  In a plea agreement, McGinnis admitted that, on April 4, 2017, she was driving a car in Marion with a suspended driver’s license for having failed to pay child support.  At the time police stopped her, McGinnis was transporting a stash of methamphetamine for her boyfriend, a federal felon with whom she was living in Marion.  During a search of McGinnis’s car, officers found more than 25 grams of “ice” methamphetamine.  Officers also found drug paraphernalia, nearly 140 grams of marijuana, and $1,088 in cash.  Officers later found another 110 grams of ice methamphetamine in another one of McGinnis’s cars.

McGinnis was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  McGinnis was sentenced to 64 months’ imprisonment and fined $2,000.  She must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  McGinnis is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until being transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy L. Vavricek and investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marion Police Department.  Court file information at  The case file number is 17-CR-73-LRR and 17-MJ-301-CJW.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 1, 2018