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Two sentenced on meth charges

Ryan Kern and Alicia Mofle to serve federal prison sentences

March 12, 2013
The Daily Freeman Journal

Two Webster City residents, Ryan Kern and Alicia Mofle, have been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to meth charges.

Kern, 44, Webster City, received his more than 17-year prison term after a Nov. 8, 2012, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute actual (pure) methamphetamine; one count of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture actual (pure) methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a protected location, namely Nokomis City Park, Webster City; and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Mofle, 25, Webster City, received the 14-year prison term after a Nov. 8, 2012, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute actual (pure) methamphetamine; one count of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture actual (pure) methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Nokomis City Park.

At the guilty plea, both admitted that from January 2012 through May 2012, they and others manufactured at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs and prescription records obtained in the investigation, starting in January 2012 through May 2012, Kern and others involved acquired more than 300 grams of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine which included 100 grams of pseudoephedrine purchased through prescription and Mofle acquired more than 158 grams of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine which included 100 grams of pseudoephedrine purchased through prescription.

On April 24, 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Kern's residence. Officers seized multiple reaction vessels from the basement of the residence and outside trash indicative of a methamphetamine manufacturing lab. Officers also seized 11 prepackaged baggies of methamphetamine totaling 3.5 grams, gram of methamphetamine was "drying" and 1 bag ( gram) was found on the ground outside the residence, for a total of 4.5 grams of methamphetamine.

The evidence established that Mofle's 4-5 year old child had been present when Kern, Mofle and others used methamphetamine as well as when methamphetamine manufacturing took place at the residence, thereby exposing the child to a substantial risk of harm to the, including the harm from toxic chemical fumes that proliferated throughout the house during this process.

Kern was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Kern was sentenced to 210 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Kern is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

Mofle was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett to 168 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. She must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Mofle is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster City Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

 
 

 

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