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Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Drug and Firearm Offenses

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – On September 5, 2018, Paige Elizabeth Thurman, age 29, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 140 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Thurman was ordered to serve five years of supervised release to follow her prison term.

Thurman pleaded guilty to the charges on April 5, 2018. She admitted she possessed $6,100, a Colt .380 Mustang semi-automatic handgun, digital scale, ammunition, plastic baggies, knife, stun gun, and 140.5 grams of methamphetamine on her person and in the vehicle she was driving on September 8, 2017, after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase in Council Bluffs. Thurman admitted she possessed the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it and she possessed the handgun to assist in the distribution of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department and Council Bluffs Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated September 6, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses