Sioux City, IA (KICD)–An Algona man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty earlier this month in federal court.
At the plea hearing, 32-year-old Ryan Hansen admitted his involvement from September 2012 through March 2013 in a conspiracy that distributed at least 500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Hansen admitted to obtaining ounces of methamphetamine in Minnesota on multiple occasions and distributing it in Iowa.
In March law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Hansen was driving. Officers located and seized several bags of “ice” methamphetamine totaling 14.76 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Hansen admitted he had traveled to Minnesota to obtain the methamphetamine, transported it back to Iowa and sold some of the methamphetamine in the Mason City area prior to being stopped by law enforcement.
Hansen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ and up to life in prison, up to a $20 million fine, and ten years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment. He remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.