California Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Iowa Meth Conspiracy | USAO-NDIA

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on February 22, 2021, to more than 11 years in federal prison.

Daryl David Blair, 36, from Los Osos, California, received the prison term after a September 18, 2020, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At sentencing, Blair was found to have been involved with trafficking 16 pounds of methamphetamine across California, Iowa, and South Dakota.  On February 8, 2020, while patrolling the Grand Falls Casino parking lot in Larchwood, IA, law enforcement searched a vehicle connected to Blair and ultimately recovered nearly 3 pounds of methamphetamine, and drug trafficking materials. Earlier that winter, Blair and his coconspirators had brought pounds of methamphetamine to the Midwest for distribution. 

Blair was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Blair was sentenced to 140 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikala Steenholdt and was investigated by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Attorney’s Office, and Iowa Department of Criminalistics Investigation.

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The case file number is 20-4068.

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