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Iowa man who distributed over 17 pounds of meth in Waterloo area sent prison for over 10 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who distributed more than 17 pounds of ice methamphetamine in the Waterloo area was sentenced on March 7, 2018, to more than ten years in federal prison.

Justin Lee Branon, age 35, from Clemons, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 1, 2018 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Evidence during the case established that Branon received meth in pound or multiple pound quantities and distributed it throughout the Waterloo area.

Branon was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Branon was sentenced to 126 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. Branon 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 Lisa C. Williams and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force (Waterloo Police Department; Cedar Falls Police Department; Waverly Police Department; Bremer County Sheriff’s Office; Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office; LaPorte City Police Department; Evansdale Police Department; Hudson Police Department), Mid Iowa Drug Task Force (Marshalltown Police Department; Marshall County Sheriff’s Office; Tama County), and Dubuque Drug Task Force (Dubuque Police Department; Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office).

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