Arizona Man to Federal Prison for Involvement in Iowa Meth Conspiracy | USAO-NDIA

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced November 5, 2020, to 20 years in federal prison.

Michael Allison, 54, from Phoenix, Arizona, received the prison term after a May 18, 2020, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Allison was previously convicted of importation of marijuana in 1997 and 2005, both in the United States District Court, Southern District of California

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed Allison was involved in a conspiracy from 2009 through about April 2010 that distributed more than 500 grams of pure methamphetamine. Evidence further showed that Allison along with several others were involved in a scheme that transported methamphetamine from Mexico to California to Iowa for further distribution. 

Allison was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Linda Reade.  Allison was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Allison 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 investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Clear Lake Police Department, North Central Iowa Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Laboratory of Criminalistics Investigation. 

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The case file number is 11-3017.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

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