COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Tuesday for his involvement in a methamphetamine operation.
Gary Kremer, 41, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Council Bluffs after his conviction for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for possessing a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of drug trafficking.
U.S. District Court Judge John Jarvey sentenced Kremer to 120 months imprisonment on the meth conspiracy and 120 months imprisonment on the firearm charge. The charges are to be served consecutively, for a total sentence of 240 months imprisonment.
Jarvey also sentenced Kremer to five years of supervised release following imprisonment, plus a $200 special assessment for the Crime Victims Fund.
Kremer pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 8.
The case arose out of a search warrant executed at Kremer’s residence in Council Bluffs, on Jan. 18, 2011, by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.
At the time of the search, co-defendant Shannon Hardisty was also living at Kremer’s residence. During the search, officers found evidence of drug trafficking and, in Kremer’s bedroom, a loaded sawed-off shotgun.
A Southwest Iowa Narcotics investigation determined that the conspiracy to distribute meth was carried out in Council Bluffs from about the summer of 2010, to Jan. 18, 2011, and involved an estimated 3 pounds of mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
Hardisty was previously sentenced to 170 months in prison for participation in the conspiracy.