Waterloo meth dealer gets 29-years in prison

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(Waterloo, IA) -- A Waterloo man convicted of dealing a large amount of meth has been sentenced to nearly 29-years in prison. Investigators say in 2019 they intercepted thousands of phone calls and messages between 34-year-old Travis Werkmeister and members of a drug-ring, discussing meth shipments. Werkmeister has a long criminal history, dating back to 2005. He has at least three felony convictions and three assault convictions.

Investigators say Werkmeister was intercepted discussing methamphetamine shipments with co-conspirators, including the head out of the organization, who was based out of Mexico. Werkmeister would receive pound to kilogram quantities of methamphetamine at a time and would redistribute to multiple people in the Waterloo, Iowa, area, who would in turn sell to others.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine February 8, 2021.

Werkmeister was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Werkmeister was also ordered to serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term and pay a $100 special assessment fee.

There is no parole in the federal system.

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