Washington Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Offense

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Brian James Bell, age 22 of Mount Vernon, Washington, was sentenced on Friday, September 30, 2022, to 66 months in prison following his plea to a charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

In June 2021, Bell was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 29. Law enforcement arrived on the scene and observed Bell carrying a backpack away from the accident site. A During a probable cause search of the vehicle and backpack, law enforcement located 97 grams of methamphetamine and two loaded firearms.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Pottawattamie Sheriff’s Department and Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force investigated the case.

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