Spencer man gets 9+ years in federal prison

Thursday, June 3, 2004

William Allen Dirks, 24, of Spencer was sentenced Monday in federal court by the United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett according to U.S. Attorney Charles W. Larson Sr. who released the information Wednesday.

Dirks was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison after entering a guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of the Spencer Middle School.

Charges indicated that Dirks manufactured and distributed more than three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine in the Spencer area between January 2001 and March 2003.

In the plea agreement, Dirks admitted that between January 5, 2001 and continuing through March 17, 2003 in Spencer, and elsewhere, he participated in the distribution of at least 392 grams (nearly 14 ounces) of methamphetamine mixture and manufactured at least four grams of pure methamphetamine.

Dirks, along with co-defendants, agreed to manufacture methamphetmaine at Travis Woods' residence at 119 East 1st Street in Spencer. Woods' residence is within 1,000 feet of the Spencer Middle School which is located at 104 East 4th Street in Spencer.

Dirks was sentenced by Bennett to 116 months imprisonment and a special assessment of 4100 was imposed.

He must also serve an 18 year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Dirks is being held in the United States Marshals' custody until he can be transferred to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the Spencer Police Department and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office and the Clay County Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation.

The case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice. Also, the investigation and prosecution were aided by the resources provided by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program established by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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