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Northern Iowa man guilty of meth conspiracy, sent to prison


This news story was published on April 19, 2018.
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SIOUX CITY – A Northern Iowa man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 20, 2018, to five years in federal prison.

Dennis Yorgensen, 59, from Odebolt, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 31, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Yorgensen was twice previously convicted of felony drug trafficking.

At the guilty plea, Yorgensen admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 350 grams of mixed methamphetamine from 2012 through March 2015 in the Sac, Ida and Crawford County, Iowa areas. Yorgensen purchased methamphetamine in various quantities, including ounce to multiple ounce quantities from various sources and would then break down the methamphetamine into smaller quantities to distribute to other persons.

Yorgensen was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Yorgensen was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Yorgensen 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 Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Sac County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.

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