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Northern Iowa man who attempted to swallow meth to avoid arrest pleads guilty to drug crime

Evidence showed that during a traffic stop, the suspect attempted to swallow meth to avoid arrest.

SIOUX CITY – A man who possessed with intent to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty on October 3, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jeffery Linn, 54, from Cherokee, Iowa, was convicted of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

At the plea hearing, Linn admitted that on December 6, 2021, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle he was operating. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement seized approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine which Linn intended to help distribute to others. Evidence also showed that during the traffic stop, Linn attempted to swallow the meth to avoid arrest.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Linn remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Linn faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, United States Postal Inspectors, Homeland Security Investigations, Iowa DCI Laboratory, and Cherokee Police Department.

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