Cherokee Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy In Federal Court

Sioux City, Iowa — A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pleaded guilty on September 13, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City.

The US Attorney’s Office reports that 36-year-old Dustin Coates of Cherokee was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In 2013, Coates was previously convicted of the distribution of a controlled substance in the United States District Court for South Dakota.

At Tuesday’s plea hearing, Coates admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 150 grams of pure methamphetamine from March 2021, through March 8, 2022. On that date, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Coates was driving. Coates threw two baggies of methamphetamine from his person while attempting to flee the traffic stop on foot. Coates admitted at the hearing that he planned to distribute the 60+ grams of methamphetamine to other people.

The US Attorney’s office tells us that sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. They say Coates remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.

Due to his prior conviction for the distribution of controlled substances, Coates faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20 million fine, and at least 10 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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