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Fort Dodge man pleads guilty to drug and gun charges

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed cocaine and possessed a gun in furtherance of his drug trafficking pled guilty October 22, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City.

Quinn Schleimer, 21, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

At the plea hearing, Schleimer admitted that on three occasions in 2017 he distributed 1/8 ounce of powder cocaine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement. Schleimer also admitted to selling about 4 ½ ounces of cocaine and 10 pounds of marijuana in 2017. During a search of Schleimer’s residence, officers seized two loaded shotguns.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Schleimer was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. On the drug convictions Schleimer faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and at least three years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the firearm conviction, Schleimer faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years’ (which must be consecutive to any term imposed on the other two counts), and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of not more than three years of supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Fort Dodge Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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