26-year old Gabriel Ginger made the guilty plea Wednesday, in Sioux City. Ginger was convicted of
one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
At the plea hearing, Ginger admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about 2010 through August 2011 that distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On July 21, 2011, a search of Ginger's residence resulted in over 10 grams of methamphetamine that was seized, that Ginger planned to distribute to others.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Donald E. O'Brien will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Ginger remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Ginger faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years' imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least four years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Spencer Police Department, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations.