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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Western Iowa Methamphetamine Traffickers Sentenced

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on November 22, 2019, Colby Dunn, age 29, of Omaha, was sentenced to 100 months in prison and Laura Rauch Anderson, age 36, also of Omaha, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine in the Southern District of Iowa and elsewhere. United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced both defendants.

The sentencings were the result of a lengthy investigation by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force. The investigation revealed methamphetamine was brought into the Omaha, Nebraska area from Mexico and then transported to various location in Nebraska and Western Iowa for distribution.

Previously sentenced to prison as part of this investigation were Bernave Navarrete to twenty years; Joseph Brown to ten years; Chris Rouse to twenty years; Jackie Thielen to ten years; Brandy Kumpula to eight years; Chase Richard to fifteen years; Jessica Snavely to ten years; and William LaBenz to five years. Pending sentencing are Omar Martinez, and Manda May Rowell.

This matter was investigated by 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; Harlan, Iowa Police Department; Shelby County Sheriff’s Department; and the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Drug Trafficking
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Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 USAIAS-PAO@usdoj.gov
Updated November 26, 2019