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Residents from Mason City, Rockford and Clear Lake face federal meth charges

Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa
Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS – Three North Iowa residents have been shipped to Cedar Rapids to face federal drug charges.

Erika Lynn Parker, age, 37 from Rockford, Iowa, and Shawn Benedict Zimmerman, age 42, from Clear Lake, Iowa, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.­ The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. In a separate indictment, also unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids, William Allan Odell, II, 43, from Mason City, Iowa, was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Both indictments allege that from on or about June 2014, to December 2014, the three defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine and possessed with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted on all charges, O’Dell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessment, and 5 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment; Parker faces 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment; and Zimmerman faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessment, and 4 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

O’Dell, Parker, and Zimmerman appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Erika Parker was released on bond. Zimmerman and O’Dell were held without bond. Zimmerman’s next appearance is for a detention hearing set for March 3 2015.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being 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.

Zimmerman, Shawn Benedict
Zimmerman, Shawn Benedict
William Odell
William Odell
Parker, Erika Lynn
Parker, Erika Lynn
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