SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty January 15, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.
Troy Fulkerson, 42, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
At the plea hearing, Fulkerson admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about 2011 through October 2012 that distributed more than 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. Fulkerson also admitted to distributing more than 19 grams of methamphetamine on four separate occasions to individuals cooperating with law enforcement. On October 1, 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Fulkerson’s residence and seized over 30 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine which Fulkerson admitted he planned to distribute to others. Fulkerson resides within 1000 feet of a protected location, Holy Rosary School Park.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Fulkerson remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Fulkerson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least ten years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the possession conviction, Fulkerson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 80 years’ imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least eigth years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Story County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.