Bluffs woman senetnced on meth charges


March 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs woman was sentenced today (Friday) to serve 5-years in prison after being convicted on a charge of distributing 5-grams or more of methamphetamine. U-S District Court Judge Robert Pratt handed down the 60-month prison term against 46-year old Lisa Marie Barrett. He also ordered the woman to serve five-years of supervised release following her imprisonment. Barrett was sentenced after pleading guilty to distributing 6.8-grams of 95-percent pure meth during a undercover sting operations conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force (SWINE).

Her case was part of a larger investigation conducted by task force, which also resulted in the arrest of three other individuals. David Fisher was sentenced to nearly 10-years in prison plus 5-years of supervised release. Nicholas Franks was sentenced to serve slightly more than 11-years in prison plus five years of supervised release, and, Steven Etherington was sentenced to 12 1/2-years in prison, plus five-years of supervised release.

For her role in the distribution of meth, Barrett must also forfeit more than $1,060 and the various drug-related paraphernalia seized at the time of her arrest. She remains in the custody of the U-S Marshal’s Service, pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which she will serve her sentence.

The case against her and the other defendants was prosecuted by the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.