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Case Number: 22-CR-99
Judge: C.J. Williams
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (Linn County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids
Description: Cedar Rapids, Iowa criminal defense lawyers represented the Defendants charged with distributing methamphetamine were sentenced this week to federal prison.
Zachary James Kruse, age 38, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 4, 2023 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Cheyenne Nicole Mason, age 34, from Palo, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 15, 2023 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Evidence at the sentencing hearings showed that on April 29, 2022, law enforcement officers searched a motel room in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where Kruse and Mason had been staying. Officers recovered 120.84 grams of methamphetamine. Some of the methamphetamine was hidden in deodorant containers.
Kruse and Mason were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Kruse was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment and must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Mason was sentenced to 59 months and 393 days’ imprisonment and must serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Kruse and Mason are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra T. Hake and Assistant United States Attorney Jason Norwood and investigated by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department.