Atlantic man sentenced to 12.5 years on meth charge


May 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Steven Jon Erlacher

The U-S Attorney’s office for the southern district of Iowa reports an Atlantic man was sentenced Thursday to more than 12 and one-half years in prison for conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine. In addition to the 151 month jail sentence, U-S District Court Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered 57-year old Steven Jon Erlacher, of Atlantic, to serve a four year term of supervised release following his incarceration.

On February 3rd, 2011, Erhlacher entered a guilty plea in federal court in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for violating Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, by conspiring to deliver 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, between May of 2010 to July 6, 2010.

On July 6th, 2010, a residence in Atlantic was searched by a probation officer with the State of Iowa Fourth Judicial District Probation and Parole, with assistance from local law enforcement. During the search, Erhlacher was found to have a container with thirty small baggies containing methamphetamine and a large amount of United States currency.

An investigation by local law enforcement determined that Erhalcher had been delivering personal use amounts of methamphetamine to various places in and around Atlantic.

The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. The investigation was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic Police Department, Department of Corrections-Probation and Parole, the Cass County Attorney’s Office and Iowa Division of Narcotic Enforcement.