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January 18, 2023Sioux City, IA, United StatesNarcotics

Sioux City woman pleads guilty to meth conspiracy following HSI, partner investigation

The woman transported over 12 kilograms of meth from Texas to Iowa for distribution.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Kailey Olson, 30, of Sioux City pleaded guilty Jan. 12 in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The plea follows an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Sioux City, Iowa-based Tri-State Drug Task Force.

At her plea hearing, Olson admitted that from December 2020 through April 2021, she and others distributed more than 12 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Sioux City area. Olson transported substantial quantities of methamphetamine and cash across state lines in a Texas-based methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. The conspiracy included the importation of liquid (for lab-based methamphetamine conversion), plus transportation of drugs from Texas to Iowa and transportation of money to Texas.

United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will preside over Olson’s sentencing hearing after authorities prepare a presentence report. Olson remains in custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum of life imprisonment, a $10 million fine, and at least five years of supervised release.

Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde is prosecuting the case. The Tri-State Drug Task Force, which investigated the case with HSI, comprises law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; the South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; the Nebraska State Patrol; the Iowa National Guard; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the United States Marshals Service; the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

You can find court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

The case file number is 21-4067.

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Updated: 01/19/2023