Bluffs man sentenced to 20-years on meth & weapon charges


February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports 41-year old Gary Eldred Kremer, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Tuesday to 20-years in prison, after he was convicted on Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possessing a Sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of drug trafficking, charges. Judge John Jarvey sentenced Kremer to 120-months in jail on each charge, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Kremer pled guilty to the charges on September 8th, 2011.

The judge also ordered Kremer to serve 5-years of supervised release following his incarceration, and he must pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. Kremer will remain the custody of the U-S Marshal’s Service pending designation of a Federal Bureau of Prison facility at which he will serve his federal sentence.

The case against Kremer arose from the execution of a search warrant at his residence in Council Bluffs on January 18, 2011. The search was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (SWINE). Co-defendant, 30-year old Shannon Hardisty, who was living in the home at the time, was sentenced in November 2011, to 14-years in prison for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Officials say Kremer and Hardisty had conspired to distribute about 1.4-kilograms of a mixture or substance containing meth from about the Summer of 2010 to January 18th, 2011.