Western IA Resident Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine


February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A United States Senior District Court Judge on Friday, sentenced a Pottawattamie County resident to 10-years in prison on methamphetamine-related charges. 50-year old Michael James Vore received the sentenced for possession with intent to distribute meth. Judge Robert Pratt also imposed a period of eight years of supervised release following Vore’s incarceration.

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says in September of 2012, Vore was found guilty by a jury of possession with intent to distribute meth. The evidence at his trial showed that the Iowa State Patrol was conducting an investigation into the possession and transportation of stolen commercial utility trailers in May of 2011. As part of their investigation, members of the Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Vore as he was pulling a suspected stolen trailer behind his pick-up truck. While searching the pick-up truck that Vore was driving, troopers located approximately fifty grams of pure methamphetamine, along with a large stack of United States Currency, a digital scale and notes consistent with the sale of a controlled substance.

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