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CEDAR RAPIDS | A Mason City woman who police say possessed nearly a pound of meth and more than $5,000 in cash has been sentenced to federal prison. 

Brenda Ruehlow, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade sentenced her to 121 months in prison, or about 10 years.

A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and she must serve a five-year term of supervised release after prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

At the plea hearing June 4, Ruehlow admitted she and others conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Mason City area from before January 2017 to April 2017, according to a news release. 

Law enforcement searched her residence in April 2017, seizing 444.16 grams -- or about a pound -- of ice methamphetamine, along with $5,012 in cash, $500 of electronics and numerous drug paraphernalia.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Central Iowa Drug Task Force, Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  

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