Webster City man admits to federal meth charges

Authorities seize meth during search of Jeremy Frye’s residence

A Webster City man has admitted in federal court that he participated in a local meth conspiracy.

Jeremy A. Frye, 35, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing in Sioux City, Frye admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy from July 2017 through August 2018 that distributed meth in Webster City. According to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District of Iowa, Frye admitted that on four occasions in 2018 he distributed more than 53 grams of pure meth to law enforcement in undercover drug operations while in a public park zone.

Frye’s residence, which was searched by law enforcement, was located within 1,000 feet of Nokomis Park. Another residence that was searched was within 1,000 of East Twin Park.

Both parks are considered protected locations.

Authorities seized more than 37 grams of pure meth during a search, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Frye also admitted that he intended to distribute the drugs.

He will be sentenced at a date to be determined after a pre-sentence investigation report is prepared. Until sentencing, he will remain in the custody of the United States marshal.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Frye faces a mandatory 10-year prison sentence on the conspiracy charge, and also faces up to life in prison. He also faces a $20 million fine and at least 10 years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Additionally, Frye also faces a mandatory five years in prison on the possession charge, and up to life in prison. He also faces a $10 million fine and at least eight years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster City Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.