A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced December 1, 2011, to more than five years in federal prison.
Benjamin MacMillan, 36, from Milford, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 30, 2011, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute and aiding and abetting another in the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
At the guilty plea, MacMillan admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine which contained more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine. From mid-2010, through February 2, 2011, every two to three weeks, MacMillan traveled from northwest Iowa to Kansas City to obtain 1/2 ounce to 4 ounce quantities of methamphetamine, which he sold to customers in northwest Iowa. On February 2, 2011, MacMillan traveled from northwest Iowa to Kansas City, Missouri, to obtain methamphetamine. On the way back from Kansas City, MacMillan was stopped by law enforcement and four ounces of methamphetamine was seized by law enforcement from a contact solution box which had been thrown out of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.
MacMillan was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien. MacMillan was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a 4-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. MacMillan is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Estherville Police Department, and Clay County Sheriff’s Office.