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Eagle Grove man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking 20 pounds of meth within protected zone

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced April 12, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Cory Schultz, 38, from Eagle Grove, Iowa, pled guilty on November 23, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

At the plea and sentencing hearings, evidence showed that Schultz and others conspired to distribute more than 20 pounds of mixed methamphetamine from November 2018 through March 2020 in the Wright and Webster County areas. On a number of occasions, Schultz was observed on home security recordings distributing ounces to ¼ pounds of methamphetamine to other co-conspirators. The residence Schultz used as a hub for his methamphetamine trafficking was located within 1,000 feet of a protected location, namely Greenwood Park, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Schultz distributed methamphetamine several times to individuals actively cooperating with law enforcement and agents seized more than ¼ pound of methamphetamine from searches of his garage and vehicle. Schultz possessed a handgun during some of his drug trafficking activities.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Schultz remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison. Schultz was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 6-year term of supervised release following imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Grove Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Laboratory.

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