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Redfield Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Drug, Weapons Charges

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

DES MOINES, Iowa – David James Lister, age 53, formerly of Redfield, Iowa, was sentenced on July 26, 2018, by United States District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 210 months in prison for charges related to the possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and the unlawful possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.

In August of 2016, law enforcement made two undercover purchases of methamphetamine from David Lister at his apartment in Redfield, Iowa. A search warrant was executed at the residence on August 23, 2016, where approximately 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered in Lister’s safe. Also seized from the safe was over $2,000 in currency, which Lister has admitted came from the sale of methamphetamine. Lister consented to search of a nearby storage facility, which resulted in the seizure of numerous firearms. Lister acknowledged being a multi-pound methamphetamine dealer, indicating that he typically would purchase 2 pounds of meth for $20,000 from his supplier every two weeks, and then distribute the drugs to 12 to 15 customers in the Redfield area. Lister also stated that the firearms in the storage unit were received in trade for methamphetamine.

This matter was investigated by the Des Moines Police Department, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated July 27, 2018

Drug Trafficking
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