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10/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/19/2021 15:15

Sioux City Woman Pleads to Conspiracy to Distribute Over 42 Pounds of Methamphetamine

A Sioux City woman who conspired to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine pled guilty on October 18, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Heather Sorgdrager, age 41, from Sioux City was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. At a plea hearing, Sorgdrager admitted to conspiring to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in and around Sioux City. Sorgdrager admitted to possessing methamphetamine in New Mexico that she said she intended to bring to Sioux City. In April 2021, law enforcement in New Mexico found Sorgdrager and another individual with over 42 pounds of methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Sorgdrager remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Sorgdrager faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff's Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney's Office.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

The case file number is 21-4031.

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