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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2012

Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, United States Attorney

Contact: Kevin VanderSchel
(515) 473-9300

Van Buren County Man Sentenced for Federal Drug and Firearms Offenses

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 18, 2012, Jeffrey Lee Himes, age 44, from Douds, Iowa, was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey Himes also ordered Himes to serve four years supervised release following imprisonment and pay $200 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Himes previously had pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon.

A combined investigation by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies revealed that from December 2010 to December 2011, Himes and others conspired to manufacture over 200 grams of methamphetamine in Van Buren County, Iowa. Himes manufactured
methamphetamine in and near his Douds residence using pseudoephedrine pills purchased and provided by co-conspirators. Himes then distributed the manufactured methamphetamine to others. When searching Himes' residence, police seized a variety of evidence pertaining to manufacture of methamphetamine as well as seven firearms and ammunition.

This case was investigated by the ATF, the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force, the Van Buren County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the State Fire Marshals Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.