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Thomson, Illinois Man Sentenced to 270 Months in Prison Related to Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A Thomson, Illinois man was sentenced on August 8, 2023 to more than 22 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine or 500 grams and more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

According to public court documents, Clifford Don Smith, 56, was identified by law enforcement as a distributor for large quantities of methamphetamine in and around the Clinton, Iowa area since 2021. In total, Smith was held responsible for 8.99 kilograms of ice methamphetamine.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Smith will be required to 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. This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Clinton Police Department.


MacKenzie Tubbs
Public Information Officer 

Updated August 10, 2023

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