Sioux City, Iowa — A Sanborn man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to over eight years in federal prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 51-year old Mark Jenkins was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
According to authorities, Jenkins admitted that from 2015 through January 10, 2018, he was involved in the distribution of multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine while residing less than a block away from a public middle school. He also admitted to transporting up to five-pound quantities of methamphetamine at a time from a source in Omaha, Nebraska and admitted to selling numerous firearms in the past and keeping as much as $100-thousand stashed away. At the time of his arrest, authorities say Jenkins and a co-conspirator were found in possession of more than 177-grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.
Several counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, but Jenkins was sentenced to 101 months in federal prison (over eight years). He will also be on supervised release for four years. He must also submit a DNA sample and comply with several other special conditions.
Federal authorities say the case was the result of an investigation that spanned more than three years and was conducted by the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, with assistance from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, Sheldon Police Department, Sanborn Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the DEA Tri-State Drug Task Force.