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Case Number: 18-CR-01027‑CJW‑MAR
Judge: C.J. Williams
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (Linn County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Description: Cedar Rapids, Iowa drug distribution charge criminal defense lawyer represented Veronica Marie Hinkle, age 34, charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Information disclosed at the sentencing hearing showed that in about June 2017, Hinkle was recruited by her boyfriend, Jose Roberto Vazquez, to drive one kilogram of ice methamphetamine from Dallas to deliver to Jeremy Kieffer in Dubuque. Over the next six months, Hinkle made multiple similar trips to Dubuque, each time delivering at least a kilogram of ice methamphetamine to Kieffer and his associates. In January 2018, Hinkle helped package nearly a kilogram of 98% pure methamphetamine for her co‑conspirators, but the package was intercepted by law enforcement in Iowa. Kieffer and Vazquez were previously sentenced to 165 months’ imprisonment and 259 months’ imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in the conspiracy.
Hinkle was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Hinkle was sentenced to 81 months’ imprisonment. She must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Hinkle is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham and Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew Inman.
21:846 CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - Schedule II Methamphetamine - w/Forfeiture Allegation
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 81 months imprisonment. 5 years supervised release. $100 special assessment.