A man and woman who conspired together to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine were sentenced August 23, 2012, to several years in federal prison.
Stacy Hanson, 40, and Daniel Rial, 48, both from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison terms after a January 30, 2012, guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.
At the plea hearings, Hanson and Rial each admitted their involvement in a conspiracy that manufactured more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine from 2009 through January 2011 in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, Hanson and Rial acquired at least 267.6 grams of pseudoephedrine for purposes of manufacturing methamphetamine. On November 1, 2010, law enforcement officers conducted a search of Hanson and Rial’s residence. Officers seized numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including several empty boxes of blister packs of pseudoephedrine, rubber tubing, plastic gloves, filters, etc.
Hanson and Rial were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Hanson was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment and Rial was sentenced to 140 months’ imprisonment. Each must pay a special assessment of $100. Hanson and Rial must each also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Hanson and Rial are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Webster County Sheriff’s Office.