SIOUX CITY – A Hampton man who possessed methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, while possessing a gun, pled guilty on November 18, 2020 in federal court in Sioux City.
David Hirsch, age 55, from Hampton, Iowa, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
In a plea agreement, Hirsch admitted that on April 16, 2020 he was in possession of methamphetamine, which he intended to distribute. At that time, he also possessed a loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun.
On April 16, 2020, police executed a search warrant at a residence in Franklin County. Upon entry, law enforcement found Hirsch attempting to flush methamphetamine down the toilet. Law enforcement located a loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun on Hirsch. Hirsch has a prior 2002 felony conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Hirsch remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. For possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, Hirsch faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000.00 fine, and 4 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment. For possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Hirsch faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to the drug charge, and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.