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Muscatine Man Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Charges

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

DAVENPORT, IA – A Muscatine man was sentenced on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, to 168 months in prison for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to public court documents, on May 22, 2022, law enforcement observed Benjamin Stuart Gomes, 49, receive a package from another man at that man’s residence in Buffalo, Iowa and drive away from the residence. Shortly after Gomes left the Buffalo residence, law enforcement made a traffic stop in Muscatine County of Gomes who was driving his vehicle. During the traffic stop, Gomes was found to be in possession of approximately three pounds of methamphetamine. Gomes admitted he knowingly possessed the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute some or all of it to others. Pursuant to a subsequent search warrant of Gomes’s vehicle seized during the traffic stop, law enforcement recovered approximately sixteen pounds of methamphetamine from the vehicle.

Following his term of imprisonment, Gomes will be required serve five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.


MacKenzie Tubbs
Public Information Officer 

Updated September 13, 2023

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