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Estherville man sent to federal prison for meth and gun convictions


This news story was published on March 6, 2020.
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SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while illegally possessing guns was sentenced March 4, 2020, to 11 years in federal prison.

Dustin Julich, 35, from Estherville, Iowa, pled guilty on September 20, 2019, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm. Julich was previously convicted of theft second degree and burglary third degree which prohibits him from possessing firearms in Iowa.

At the plea hearing, Julich admitted that for about three years he and others distributed over 1 kilogram of methamphetamine in the Estherville, Iowa area. During a search warrant of Julich’s truck and trailer, law enforcement seized approximately ½ pound of methamphetamine along with two guns.

Julich was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Julich was sentenced to 132 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikala Steenholdt and was investigated by Estherville Police Department, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, and Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory.

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