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Main actor in conspiracy to deal meth brought to Iowa in car part boxes sentenced to 30 years in prison

This news story was published on July 21, 2019.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A Northern Iowa man who conspired with others to distribute ice methamphetamine was sentenced yesterday to 30 years’ in federal prison.

Robert Lewis, age 44, from Janesville, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 22, 2018, jury verdict finding him guilty of conspiracy to distribute at least 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine and 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.

The evidence at trial showed that in the summer of 2013, Lewis began working with various individuals to distribute ice methamphetamine throughout the Waterloo area. Lewis and his associates obtained methamphetamine from an out-of-state source of supply who shipped the methamphetamine via FedEx concealed in car part boxes. Each shipment contained multiple pounds of methamphetamine which Lewis and others would break down into smaller quantities for redistribution once it arrived in Iowa. Lewis also used his daughter to register a car for the head of the drug organization and allowed other members of the conspiracy access to his home, referred to at trial as the “clubhouse,” for the purpose of repackaging and distributing methamphetamine. Lewis left Iowa in the fall of 2013, but continued to receive methamphetamine from his co-conspirators. In January 2014, one co-conspirator attempted to send Lewis methamphetamine hidden in a Hamburger Skillet prepared meal box. FedEx employees flagged the package as suspicious and investigators ultimately seized ¼ ounce of methamphetamine from the inside of the box.

The evidence at sentencing showed that after trial, Lewis obstructed justice by threatening and intimidating multiple individuals who testified as witnesses at the trial. This included telling one witness that he “was a dead man.”

Lewis was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Lewis was sentenced to 360 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.

Lewis is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.


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3 Responses to Main actor in conspiracy to deal meth brought to Iowa in car part boxes sentenced to 30 years in prison

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    So what movie was he in?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Looks to be a mastermind and villain. No one will remember him. Locked up 4ever.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Robert Lewis, should be “the dead man”.