Western IA man to be sentenced on drug charges next month


February 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa man will be sentenced to a possible 10-years in prison next month, on drug charges. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 a jury trial was held for 38-year old Ian Lee Leib, on charges that include felony Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, with the Intent to Deliver. The charge had a lesser-included offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, which the jury had the option of convicting Leib of, if they did not believe the State had proved the “intent to deliver” element of the crime charged. Leib is from the Kimballton and Council Bluffs areas.

Authorities say the State’s witnesses included Audubon County K9 Deputy Nathan Tibbets, Shelby County Deputy Chad Butler, and expert witness Special Agent Bob Jones of the Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Leib did not take the stand. After about 15 minutes of deliberation, the jury convicted Leib of the crime as charged by the State, finding him guilty of Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver. That verdict means the jury rejected the option of the less serious, lesser-included offense of simple possession as well as the not guilty option.

Leib will be sentenced in Audubon on March 7th at 9:30 AM.  The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says that while the code allows for the maximum 10-year sentence to be suspended, the State will use Leib’s lengthy criminal history to support its strong recommendation that he be sent to prison. If Leib is sent to prison, he would face a mandatory minimum of one-third of 10 years, or about three-years and three-month. After the trial, Leib was transported to the Pottawattamie County jail to resolve a pending probation violation in that county. He will likely be held there until sentencing on the Class C felony in Audubon County in March.