Glenwood Man Sentenced in Meth mfg conspiracy


January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Friday, a Mills County man was sentenced Thursday to more than 15-years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Senior U-S District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff also ordered 42-year old Andru Alan Fisher, of rural Glenwood, to serve five-years of supervised release once he’s released from prison. Fisher was being held in the custody of the U-S Marshal’s service, pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prison Facility where he will serve his sentence. 

A grand jury handed down an indictment against Fisher last April, charging him along with five other persons, with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and associated charges in what has been referred to as “the Fisher Farm case”. Fisher appeared in federal court in Council Bluffs, last September, and pled guilty to his role in the conspiracy. 

The “Fisher Farm” is an acreage located in rural Mills County, at which an estimated 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of pure methamphetamine was manufactured by several people from at least February of 2003, to May of 2011. Persons involved in the conspiracy were responsible for the theft of substantial quantities of anhydrous ammonia in southwest Iowa and for the purchase of pseudoephedrine from several stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, all of which was used to manufacture methamphetamine. Fisher was considered a leader of the conspiracy. He was one of the owner’s of “Fisher Farm”, lived on the premises, manufactured methamphetamine, permitted others to manufacture, and assisted in the loose organization of providing precursor materials, including stolen anhydrous ammonia, for others to manufacture methamphetamine. Fisher admitted knowledge of at least 23 other people who engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine at “Fisher Farm”. 

Previously sentenced in this case were: Robert Gene Ott, Jr. (14-years imprisonment), Kirk Jason Hardman (10-years in prison), Christopher Nicholas Smith (7.5-years in prison), Trent James Fisher (7.5-years in prison), and Jennifer Mae Biggerstaff (6.5-years in prison). Previously sentenced in associated cases regarding the same conspiracy were: Timothy Earl Bendt (2-years in prison) and Paul Leon Foster (13-years imprisonment). 

The case was investigated by the Mills County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Department, the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Iowa.