SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A man who distributed methamphetamine and cocaine in Fort Dodge was sentenced August 22, 2017, to 13 years in federal prison.
Jeremy Terrell, 28, from Omaha, Nebraska, received the prison term after an August 5, 2016, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute meth, one count of possession with intent to distribute meth and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Terrell had previously been convicted of distribution of crack cocaine in federal district court for the Northern District of Iowa in 2006 and had served a 46-month sentence.
At the guilty plea, Terrell admitted that from June 2015 through September 2015, he conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. On August 14 and 28, 2015, law enforcement received information that Terrell was involved in drug trafficking conduct in Fort Dodge. On August 14, 2015, during Terrell’s attempted flight from law enforcement, officers observed he was attempting to destroy or conceal something as he ran from agents. After Terrell was captured, officers searched his travel path, recovered and seized approximately two ounces of cocaine. Terrell admitted he possessed this cocaine to distribute to other persons and had previously distributed several ounces of cocaine in Fort Dodge. Terrell also admitted receipt of ½ kilograms of cocaine by mail three other times, which he had distributed to several people in Fort Dodge. On August 28, 2015, law enforcement intercepted a mailed package intended for Terrell which contained three pounds of high-grade methamphetamine. On August 29, 2015, agents conducted a controlled delivery of the package containing the methamphetamine. After Terrell claimed the package, he again attempted to flee, but was captured by agents nearby with the methamphetamine. Terrell admitted receipt of the methamphetamine for distribution to other persons in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Terrell was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Terrell was sentenced to 156 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Terrell 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 S. Wehde and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory.