Sioux City, Iowa — A Sioux City man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Sioux City and faces a possible penalty of ten years to life in federal prison.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, 35-year-old Derek Wilkens of Sioux City was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The US Attorney’s Office tells us that at the plea hearing, Wilkens admitted that between about May 2019 through about August 28, 2019, Wilkens and others distributed at least 3 pounds of methamphetamine. The evidence further showed that on August 28, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home of one of Wilkens’ sources of supply in Sioux City. They tell us that during the search, Wilkens possessed approximately 88 grams of methamphetamine, which he intended to distribute to another person or persons.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.
Wilkens faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a possible
maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10 million fine, and at least five years of
supervised release following any imprisonment.