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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

LaVista, Neb.Woman Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Offense

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on June 4, 2019, Jessica L. Snavely, age 26, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Snavely was sentenced to ten years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

In late 2017, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force investigated a large drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting large quantities of methamphetamine to and around western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. During the investigation, law enforcement received information that a large amount of methamphetamine was distributed out of a motel in Council Bluffs.

On April 26, 2019, law enforcement searched a room at the Red Roof Inn in Council Bluffs and recovered over a pound and a half of methamphetamine, along with a stolen handgun and other drug trafficking paraphernalia. It was determined Jessica Snavely received and distributed methamphetamine from the Red Roof Inn motel room.

This case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, Omaha Police Department, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Council Bluffs Police Department, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 USAIAS-PAO@usdoj.gov
Updated June 5, 2019