Meth dealer sentence for 104-pound haul

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A man who distributed pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced June 4, 2021, to nearly two decades in federal prison.

Henry Wilke Eilders, age 43, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 6, 2020 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

During a search of Eilders’s residence in March 2020, officers located over 800 grams of methamphetamine, a firearm, and $63,151 in cash.  Eilders later admitted selling 104 pounds of methamphetamine during the previous year.

Eilders was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Eilders was sentenced to 230 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Eilders is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion Police Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration