Man to Spend Time in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Offense in Case With Sac County Connection

A man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in a case with ties to Sac County.

36-year-old Thomas Powell of Sioux City was sentenced last week in Sioux City Federal Court. He previously pleaded guilty to Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense. Powell was previously convicted in federal court of conspiracy to manufacture meth in 2010.

Evidence showed that on November 13th, 2022 while in Sac County, Powell was found with over 90 grams of pure methamphetamine that he planned to distribute to other persons. At sentencing, Powell was found to be a career offender with multiple prior convictions related to drugs, fraud, and violence toward others.

Powell must serve ten years of supervised release following the 17-year prison sentence. The case was investigated by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and several other agencies.