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Waterloo man who sold meth in Mason City going to prison

justice2CEDAR RAPIDS – A Black Hawk County man was sentenced August 5, 2013, to 15 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine in the Mason City area.

Michael Patrick Geraghty, age 42, of Waterloo, Iowa, received his prison term after a March 15, 2013, guilty plea to two counts of distributing methamphetamine, having previously been convicted of a felony drug offense in Black Hawk County, Iowa, in May 2007.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencing and change of plea hearings revealed that, during July 2012, Geraghty supplied ice methamphetamine to a confidential source on two separate occasions.

Geraghty was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Geraghty was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. Geraghty was initially facing a 120 month sentence, but the district court imposed an additional 60 months imprisonment because Geraghty tried to hire a hit man to kill a confidential informant. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Geraghty 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 Jack Lammers and was investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Mason City Police Department, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

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