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Iowa Woman Receives 20 Years For Distributing Methamphetamine

A woman who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and aided and abetted in the distribution of methamphetamine was sentenced November 30, 2011, to 20 years’ in federal prison.

Shelle Marie Brooks, age 37, from Lake Park, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 29, 2011, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine within a protected location following a prior felony drug conviction, and one count of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine following a prior felony drug conviction.

In a plea agreement, Brooks admitted that between October 2002 and April 14, 2010, she and others distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and distributions occurred within 1000 feet of the Harris-Lake Park Elementary School in Lake Park, Iowa. Brooks also distributed methamphetamine at a car wash in Sheldon, Iowa, and a residence in North Sioux City, South Dakota.

Brooks has a 2000 felony conviction in Clay County, Iowa, for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; and a 2002 felony conviction in Emmet County, Iowa, for possession of methamphetamine precursors.

Brooks was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Donald E. O’Brien. Brooks was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $20 was imposed. She must also serve a 20-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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