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Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

This news story was published on May 10, 2011.
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A Forest City, Iowa, woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a Mason City area methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Jessica Risius, age 32, of Forest City, Iowa, received her prison term after a November 15, 2010, guilty plea.

Information provided by the United States at Risius’ sentencing and change of plea hearings showed the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy lasted from January 2008 to September 2010, in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Risius took delivery of multiple ounce quantities of methamphetamine and resold it to numerous other people. At the time of her arrest about three ounces of pure ice methamphetamine was located on her person, hidden in her bra.

Risius was sentenced on May 5, 2011, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Risius was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment. Risius must serve a five-year term of supervised release after prison. Risus was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

Risius is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and was investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force including the Special Operations Group; Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office; Mason City Police Department; Clear Lake Police Department; Iowa State Patrol including the Tactical Team; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office; Floyd County Sheriff’s Office; Wright County Sheriff’s Office; Charles City Police Department; Nora Springs Police Department; Des Moines Police Department Bomb Squad K-9; Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations; Iowa State Fire Marshal; and Iowa National Guard.

Court file information is available at, case file # 10-2044.

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