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Davenport Man Sentenced to Thirty Years in Prison After Federal Drug Conviction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:20
DAVENPORT, IA - On May 17, 2013, Roscoe Chambers, age 41, from Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Stephanie M. Rose to 360 months imprisonment, after a jury found him guilty of two counts of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.  Chambers was also ordered to serve eight years of supervised release after release from prison, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

On June 23, 2012 and June 24, 2012, law enforcement officers conducted two controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Chambers in a Davenport, Iowa, parking lot.  On June 23rd, Chambers also expressed interest in purchasing two handguns.  Based on these controlled purchases and other investigations, the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department conducted a search of Chambers’ Davenport apartment.  From this apartment, officers seized over 70 additional grams of crack cocaine, cash and other items consistent with drug distribution.  On January 10, 2013, a jury found Chambers guilty of two counts of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute.  At sentencing, Chambers was found to be a career
offender based on two prior convictions for crimes of violence.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa State Patrol, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Davenport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Loebsack Statement on the Capture of the Boston Bombing Suspect PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:25

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement this evening after the suspect in the Boston bombing was captured.

“I am relieved that the tragic events, which have terrorized Boston and the nation over the past five days, seem to have come to an end this evening.  The work of the first responders, law enforcement officials and the National Guard has been truly heroic. Now that the suspect has been captured, he must face the full force of our judicial system.”

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Caribbean anti-drug trafficking programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 19 April 2013 14:06
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, co-chairman, of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today made the following comments on a new Government Accountability Office report, “Status of Funding, Equipment, and Training for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.”  The report is available here.

Senator Feinstein said: “We must ensure the expedited delivery of our security assistance to the Caribbean in order to counter the drug trafficking threats facing the United States and our partners in the region. As our counternarcotics enforcement efforts increase in Mexico and Central America, it is critical we remain committed to the Caribbean to ensure the drug trade does not return.”

Sen. Grassley said: “Drug trafficking organizations are good at shifting their operations and trafficking routes to the paths of least resistance.  When we cracked down on the drug traffickers in Mexico, they increased their presence farther south in the countries of Central America.  Now, as we help Central America strengthen its counternarcotics efforts, we have to make sure we don’t squeeze the balloon in Central America and shift drug trafficking operations back into the Caribbean. The GAO report shows that the funding Congress allocated to help the Caribbean countries shore up their counternarcotics efforts is being put to use at a slow speed.  The U.S. government needs to ensure that needed new programs are set up as soon as possible and ready to receive U.S. funding.  Enabling these programs will give Caribbean nations a needed boost in fighting the drug trafficking that damages their countries and the United States.  Using the money already allocated is important in light of sequester-related security reductions in the Caribbean by the Coast Guard and other U.S. entities.”

 
Audubon County Men Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Conspriacy to Manufacture Marijuana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 29 March 2013 13:06
DES MOINES, IA - On March 26, 2013, Paul Joseph Irlmeier, age 44, and co-defendant, Randy Frank Irlmeier, age 63, both from rural Audubon County, Iowa, were sentenced to 60 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. In addition, the Court ordered Randy Frank Irlmeier to forfeit $400,000 and Paul Joseph Irlmeier to forfeit $104,503 for their roles in the conspiracy.

As part of their guilty pleas, the Irlmeiers admitted to conspiring to grow, harvest and distribute marijuana at their respective rural Audubon County residences between approximately 2005 and October 27, 2010. On October 27, 2010, law enforcement located evidence of a sizable marijuana growing operation, including a large quantity of mature marijuana plants at Randy Irlmeier’s residence. Both defendants admitted responsibility for at least 100 marijuana plants during the conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Gov. Branstad appoints Henry Latham Seventh Judicial District Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:17

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed Henry Latham Seventh Judicial District Judge.

Latham, of Eldridge, earned his law degree from the University of Iowa and is currently working in private practice.

The Seventh Judicial Circuit includes Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott counties.

Lawson fills the vacancy left by Chief Judge Alpers.

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