FD woman pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Fort Dodge woman is facing up to 80 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to two charges related to distribution of methamphetamine.

Heather Gibson, 42, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux City on Monday to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine within a protected location.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, Gibson admitted to her involvement in selling meth in the Fort Dodge area between December 2019 and December 2021. Gibson allegedly distributed nearly 50 grams of pure methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement on three separate occasions.

Two of the controlled buys happened within 1,000 feet of a protected location — Iowa Central Community College Transportation Technology Center and the Otho community park. Gibson was also found with 3.5 grams of meth during a Dec. 1, 2021, traffic stop.

Gibson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison, and a possible maximum of 80 years, as well as a $30,000,000 fine and eight years to life of supervised release following her prison sentence.

Gibson remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.


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