FD man pleads to meth conspiracy

A Fort Dodge man pleaded guilty to several drug charges in federal court on Tuesday.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, 53-year-old Phillip Pringle entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of methamphetamine; and aiding and abetting another in the distribution of methamphetamine.

Pringle admitted that he and others distributed “several pounds” of meth in the Fort Dodge area between January 2015 and December 2019. In October 2019 and two occasions in 2020, Pringle was the source of drugs for an individual who had been selling meth to an undercover officer.

An arrest warrant for Pringle was issued on Oct. 19, 2021, for failing to appear for a hearing and he was a federal fugitive until he was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service on Feb. 14 of this year.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Pringle faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, with a possible maximum of life in prison, as well as a $10 million fine and at least four years of supervised release.

The Fort Dodge Police Department and Webster County Sheriff’s Office were among the agencies involved in the investigation.


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