Pierson Man Sentenced to Prison for Meth Conspiracy Around Cherokee County

A Pierson man was sentenced last week in Sioux City Federal Court to serve over 11 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Cherokee County area.

35-year-old Zachary Smith pleaded guilty in early April to the charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Evidence showed that from August of 2018 until April of 2019, Smith and others conspired to distribute more than 11 pounds of meth in the Cherokee County area. In April of 2019, law enforcement executed a search of a rural Cherokee residence and seized about 1.5 pounds of pure methamphetamine at locations throughout the property. At the time of the search, Smith was found flushing about ten ounces of meth down a toilet before it could be seized by officers. Smith also admitted that he traveled with other co-conspirators to Omaha, Nebraska to obtain meth to distribute in northwest Iowa.

Smith remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison.