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Northern Iowa man sent to federal prison for meth and guns

This news story was published on February 12, 2019.
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SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed  a firearm was sentenced February 11, 2019, to more than seven years in federal prison.

Mark David Beckman, 32, from Odebolt, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 30, 2018, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm.

At sentencing, the court found that from about 2014 through about December 2017 Beckman was involved in a conspiracy that distributed methamphetamine in and around Sac and Ida counties.  Beckman admitted he possessed a firearm on November 9, 2017, while: (1) being a user of methamphetamine; and (2) subject to a domestic abuse restraining order.

Beckman was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Beckman was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a four-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Beckman 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, Ida County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.


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