Donald Gaylen Norris, 25, of Arthur, was sentenced to 114 months imprisonment on methamphetamine and drug charges in a Sioux City district court before the Honorable Chief Judge Mark W. Bennett.
Norris pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Zion Lutheran School in Denison and carrying or using firearms during a drug trafficking crime. A special assessment of $200 was also imposed and under the federal system, there is no parole.
Norris admitted to distributing at least nine pounds of methamphetamine in the Denison and Sioux City areas. This activity occurred between about April 1996 and continued through about January 2000 in the Northern District of Iowa.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and members of the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City. The Tri-State Drug Task Force consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City Police Department; Immigration and Naturalization Service; Woodbury County Sheriff's Department; South Sioux City, Neb. Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the United States Marshals Service; the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Woodbury County Attorney's Office. The Denison Police Department, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office and the Crawford County Attorney's Office also assisted in the investigation.