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MASON CITY — Five Mason City residents are facing federal drug charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine.

Corey Gardner, 32, Amanda Eldridge, 33, Stephen Collins, 26, Chad Seger, 35, and Slade Smith, 39, have each been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Gardner and Seger have also been charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

 

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Eldridge and Collins have also been charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and Collins has been charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed on Feb. 1 in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The indictment alleges that around Nov. 20, 2011, and continuing through to the present, the defendants were involved in conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.

Gardner was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in April 2006, in Cerro Gordo County.

If convicted on all charges, Eldridge, Collins, Seger and Smith face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, a $10 million fine, and five years up to life of supervised release after any imprisonment.

Gardner faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a possible sentence of life imprisonment, a $20 million fine and 10 years to life of supervised release after any imprisonment.

Collins also faces a five-year consecutive sentence on the gun count, a fine of up to $250,000 and five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Gardner, Eldridge, Collins, Seger and Smith appeared on Feb. 1 in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Eldridge was held without bond and Gardner, Collins, Seger and Smith were held without bond pending a detention hearing on Feb. 6.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and was investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department, Mason City Police Department and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

 

 

 

 

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