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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Muscatine Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Trafficking Offense

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Russell Lee Brossart, age 42, of Muscatine, Iowa, was sentenced to 168 month in prison by Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner for conspiracy to distribute at least 500 grams of a mixture of substance containing methamphetamine and at least 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Brossart was ordered to serve five years supervised release following the imprisonment, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

Beginning about November 15, 2013, and continuing until about February 21, 2014, Brossart distributed more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine in the Muscatine, Iowa area. During November 2013, law enforcement utilized a confidential informant to complete two controlled purchases of “ice”—also referred to as “crystal”—methamphetamine from Brossart while under law enforcement surveillance. On November 25, 2013, law enforcement executed a search warrant for Brossart’s vehicle in Muscatine and located, among other things, approximately 6 grams of ice methamphetamine. On February 20, 2014, law enforcement located an additional 29.66 grams of ice methamphetamine in a vehicle driven by Brossart. On February 21, 2014, police executed a search warrant at Brossart’s residence in Muscatine and seized approximately 60 grams of ice methamphetamine, a digital scale, and packaging materials. All of the above-referenced methamphetamine belonged to Brossart. Brossart knowingly distributed ice methamphetamine to multiple customers in the Muscatine area.

This case was investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, the Muscatine, Iowa, Police Department, the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, the Johnson County Drug Task Force, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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