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Spencer Man Sentenced to Prison on Federal Meth/Firearms Charges

October 13, 2020 9:09am

A Spencer man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on meth and firearms charges.

44-year-old Christopher Frerichs was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. He previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence at a sentencing hearing revealed that between March 2019 and August 2019, Frerichs and others conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Iowa Great Lakes Area.

On August 1st of last year, Buena Vista County authorities seized about one and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine, as well as a loaded .45 caliber handgun from Frerichs during a controlled buy operation. Later the same day, authorities seized another one and-a-half pounds of meth from Frerichs' residence near Worthington. Additional evidence showed Frerichs obtained and distributed more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine from the end of 2018 through 2019. During that time, authorities say Frerichs made at least three trips to a primary source in Colorado, and one trip to another source in Arizona.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Buena Vista, Jackson, and Emmet County Sheriff's Offices, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.