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April 18, 2022Woodbury County, IA, United StatesNarcotics

ICE HSI, joint law enforcement partner, investigation results in Iowa man being sentenced to Federal prison for meth trafficking

Lang had 7 convictions for illegally carrying knives and 5 more for possession of drugs when he was caught with a knife and 100 grams of meth for distribution.

WOODBURY COUNTY, Iowa - A man who possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it was sentenced in federal court on Friday, to 90 months’ imprisonment following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), joint law enforcement partner, investigation. Donovan Lang, 27, from Sioux City, Iowa, pled guilty on November 19, 2021, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea and sentencing hearings, evidence showed that on August 15, 2021, in Sioux City, Iowa, while a passenger in an automobile, Lang was found to possess a knife, and about 100 grams of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was wrapped in 2-3 purple latex gloves, found beneath where Lang was seated in the vehicle. About 5-7 matching purple latex gloves and a short knife were found in Lang’s pockets.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Lang was sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 4 year term of supervised release following imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Lang remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Wehde and was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-4077.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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Updated: 04/19/2022