A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 14, 2013, to more than 16 years in federal prison.
Kevin Eugene Peterson, 45, from Duncombe, received the prison term after a Dec. 12, 2012, guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Peterson has at least six prior felony drug convictions.
At the guilty plea, Peterson admitted that from January 2010 through August 2012 he conspired with others to manufacture and distribute at least 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Peterson also admitted that on Jan. 22, 2012, he manufactured methamphetamine; and on April 23, 2012, he distributed methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.
Peterson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Peterson was sentenced to 198 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Peterson is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Webster City Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.