CEDAR RAPIDS | A Mount Pleasant man who conspired to distribute meth in North Iowa was sentenced to over eight years in federal prison this month.

Richard Helfrich, 34, received the prison term after a guilty plea Jan. 19 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to a news release. 

In May 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Helfrich's residence in Coulter, locating meth and marijuana. Helfrich admitted to selling meth and owning a lockbox that previously contained meth.

At the guilty plea hearing, Helfrich admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 5 grams of actual, pure meth between January 2016 and July 2016.  

Helfrich, who was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade, was ordered to serve 100 months in prison and pay a special assessment of $100.

Helfrich must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.  

Helfrich is being held in the U.S. Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and sheriff's offices from Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Butler counties investigated the case. 

 — Courtney Fiorini



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