News Release
October 27, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314) 538-4660

Council Bluffs Resident Sentenced to Twelve Years For Distributing Methamphetamine

OCT 27 -- (Des Moines, IA) - On October 24, 2008, U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker announced, 34 year old Brian Pete MERKSICK of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced to over twelve years for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine in Western Iowa. Senior United States District Judge Ronald E. Longstaff also ordered MERKSICK to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration and pay an assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim Fund.

On August 31, 2007, MERKSICK entered a guilty plea to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in western Iowa between January 2006 and December 2006. MERKSICK is one of fourteen people involved in the network that distributed methamphetamine received from Mexico through Omaha into western Iowa.

Previously sentenced from this prosecution were Angela Wise to 168 months, Michelle Newton to 120 months, Kent Merksick to 160 months, Kenneth L. Ragland, a/k/a Kenneth McCoy, to 216 months, Carol Ann Wheeler to 170 months, Steven Dale Bascue to 168 months, Travis Lee Lebanousky to 97 months, Melvin Parra Acosta to 135 months, Melissa Hiltabidel to 58 months, and Padgett James Hoffman was sentenced to 120 months.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, the SWINE Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.