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Algona man pleads guilty to selling meth

justice2SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty September 6, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.

Ryan Hansen, 32, from Algona, Iowa, was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Hansen admitted his involvement from September 2012 through March 2013 in a conspiracy that distributed at least 500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Hansen admitted to obtaining ounces of methamphetamine in Minnesota on multiple occasions and distributing it in Iowa. On March 16, 2013, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Hansen was driving. Officers located and seized several bags of “ice” methamphetamine totaling 14.76 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Hansen admitted he had traveled to Minnesota to obtain the methamphetamine, transported it back to Iowa and sold some of the methamphetamine in the Mason City area prior to being stopped by law enforcement.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Hansen remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Hansen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and ten years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.

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