Pott. County woman sentenced to 10-years in prison on meth charges


February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says a Pottawattamie County woman was sentenced last Friday to 10-years in prison for her role in a methamphetamine distribution ring in western Iowa.  51-year old Susan Lea Combs was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute meth. Judge Ronald Longstaff also imposed a five-year period of supervised release on Combs following her incarceration.

Combs’ co-defendant, 52-year old David Dwayne Mendez, from of Polk County, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, as well as a four year period of supervised release. Combs and Mendez entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on September 6th, 2012. At the time of their respective pleas of guilty, each admitted that they agreed to sell methamphetamine that was obtained from a source in South Omaha, Nebraska, to individuals in Iowa, particularly in the Council Bluffs and Des Moines areas.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Mid-Iowa Narcotics Task Force, and the Polk County Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.