Griswold woman sentenced to 15-years in prison


May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County woman was sentenced today (Wednesday) to 15-years in prison an methamphetamine-related charges. The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 46-year old Katrina Sue Bates, of Griswold,  was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in and around Cass County. United States District Judge John Jarvey also ordered Bates to serve a ten-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

Bates pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) on September 30, 2012. The conviction was the result of a three year investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in and around Atlantic, Iowa. At the time of her guilty plea, Bates admitted that from July of 2009, until May of 2010, she agreed to distribute methamphetamine obtained from a South Omaha, Nebraska source to customers in the Atlantic area.

The investigation into her activities was conducted by the Cass County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Audubon County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Cass County, Iowa, County Attorney’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.