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Fort Dodge man sentenced to prison for dealing meth


SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on August 2, 2017, to more than 15 years in federal prison.

Andrew Smith, 32, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 7, 2017, guilty plea.

In a plea agreement, Smith admitted to having conspired to distribute over 5 kilograms of methamphetamine from 2012 through 2016. In or around August 2014, Smith received approximately 6.5 pounds of methamphetamine from his source. From the summer to fall of 2015, Smith received quantities ranging from an ounce to a half-pound of methamphetamine on numerous occasions, and distributed the methamphetamine to multiple customers in the Fort Dodge area.

Smith was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Senior Judge Mark W. Bennett. Smith was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Smith 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 Shawn Wehde and Special Assistant United States Attorney Ajay Alexander and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Division, and the Fort Dodge Police Department.

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