Cherokee Man Pleads Guilty for Involvement in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

A Cherokee man faces between ten years and life in prison after he pleaded guilty in Sioux City Federal Court on Tuesday for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, 37-year-old Jason Werner admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine from December 2019 through May 2022. Werner further admitted to assisting at least six others in the conspiracy in obtaining roughly four pounds of methamphetamine, and one pound of marijuana from sources in California and Nevada, and transporting it via a hidden vehicle compartment to Cherokee for further distribution.

Sentencing will be set after a pre-sentence report is prepared. Werner is in the custody of the United States Marshal, and will remain in custody pending sentencing. The case was investigated in part by the Cherokee Police Department.