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Fort Dodge man sent to prison for distributing guns and over 100 pounds of meth


This news story was published on April 24, 2019.
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SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced April 15, 2019, to 15 years in federal prison.

Craig Eugene Essing, 59, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 26, 2018, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that Essing and others in the conspiracy distributed over 100 pounds of methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge, area from June 2015 through September 2017. Essing obtained methamphetamine from sources in Des Moines, Iowa for redistribution in the Fort Dodge area. During a search warrant at Essing’s residence on September 8, 2017, law enforcement seized indicia of drug distribution, including approximately fourteen ounces of methamphetamine, eleven firearms, including a SKS rifle, numerous rounds of ammunition, $4,911, three digital scales, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia.

Essing was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Essing was sentenced to 180 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. Essing 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 was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, DCI Criminalistic Laboratory, Iowa State Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Fort Dodge Police Department and the Central Iowa Drug Task Force.

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8 Responses to Fort Dodge man sent to prison for distributing guns and over 100 pounds of meth

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Drugs and guns. He needs to be hung by the neck until dead. The hanging should be televised so all you drug dealers will know what to expect when you are caught. Matt, what happened to freedom of speech. You allow some posters to name call and slander other posters, but you delete my opinion comments about drug dealers almost instantly. I don’t believe that other posters have the ability to delete any comments. This is your site, you control whats deleted. If that isn’t the case, then I will start deleting comments that I don’t like, and we’ll see how far that goes.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      u comment on every story

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        Jenny Tailia Reply Report comment

        April 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

        Didn’t know that people aren’t allowed to comment when ever they felt like it. It’s nice to know NIT has a site monitor such as yourself. Maybe you can tell us how many times you comment using the name “Anonymous?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm

          You will have to take off your shoes to count that high.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm

          I’d say every story that has a comment at least one is from anonymous. He’s got a lot of nerve.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 25, 2019 at 6:52 pm

          Where did you get your dumb ideas about commenting? K Mart?

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 24, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Guns and drugs. He should be hung by the neck until dead. The hanging should be televised so all drug dealers can know what to expect when caught. Someone deleted my first comment.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 24, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Drugs and guns. He should be considered a domestic terrorist, and hung by the neck until dead. The hanging should be televised, so all drug dealers can know whats awaiting them after they are caught.