IOWA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE

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United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that NATHAN RUSSELL CATES, age 41, of Missouri Valley, Iowa pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Cates appeared for a change of plea hearing before United States District Court Nancy D. Freudenthal on June 20, 2022. Sentencing is set for May 16, 2022.

Cates faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, five years to life of supervised release, up to $10 million in fines and a $100 special assessment. A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This crime was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Margaret M. Vierbuchen is prosecuting the case. 

Case No. 21-cr-00101-NDF