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Monday, January 29, 2018

Former Council Bluffs Assistant City Prosecutor Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana

Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Don Bauermeister, 44, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha.  Bauermeister was an Assistant City Attorney in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least 13 pounds but less than 20 pounds of marijuana.  The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief United States District Court Judge, sentenced Bauermeister to five years of probation and a $5,000.00 fine. 

On January 9, 2017, a Utah State Trooper recovered 12 pounds of marijuana and a pound of THC wax during a traffic stop on I-80.  The driver indicated he drove from Omaha to Oregon on two occasions to pick up marijuana for Bauermeister. 

A series of texts from the driver’s phone and Bauermeister confirmed the two trips.  When the FBI confronted Bauermeister he resigned his position as Assistant City Attorney for Council Bluffs, Iowa and admitted his involvement in the distribution of marijuana. 

In sentencing Bauermeister, Judge Smith Camp recognized the felony conviction and noted that a prosecutor should be held to a higher standard.  She then imposed a five year term of probation and a $5,000.00 fine.  The sentence was within the advisory guidelines range. 

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