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California Woman sentenced to federal prison for Iowa meth conspiracy


This news story was published on January 21, 2021.
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SIOUX CITY – A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on January 20, 2021, to more than 7 years in federal prison.

Marissa Weisbly, 34, from Los Osos, CA, received the prison term after an August 19, 2020, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At sentencing, Weisbly was found to have been involved with trafficking 70 pounds of methamphetamine across California, Iowa, and South Dakota. On February 8, 2020, while patrolling the Grand Falls Casino parking lot in Larchwood, IA, law enforcement searched a vehicle connected to Weisbly and ultimately recovered nearly 3 pounds of methamphetamine, and drug trafficking materials. Earlier that winter, Weisbly and her coconspirators had brought pounds of methamphetamine to the Midwest for distribution.

Weisbly was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Weisbly was sentenced to 93 months’ imprisonment. She must also serve a 3-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 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Attorney’s Office, and Iowa Department of Criminalistics Investigation.

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