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Iowa meth maker, dealer headed to prison

SIOUX CIY – A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine pled guilty May 23, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.

David Robley, 52, from Early, Iowa, was convicted of conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Robley admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about 2010 through January 2013 that manufactured and distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, starting in January 2010 through December 2012, Robley acquired at least 102.24 grams of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Robley was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Robley faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and five years up to life 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 Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

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