Shelby County Resident Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine


July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The U-S Attorney’s Office reports a Shelby County man was sentenced last week in Council Bluffs District Court, to six and a-half years (78 months) in prison, for Distributing Methamphetamine.  43-year old Ryan Nicholas Schwery is also required to six years of supervised release following his prison sentence, which was the result of an investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The investigation was focused on the distribution of methamphetamine in Harlan.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, using a confidential source, made three separate purchases of methamphetamine from Schwery before serving a search warrant on his living quarters at the Harlan Inn and Suites. During the search, officers located approximately 144 grams of pure methamphetamine, along with drug distribution paraphernalia, and over $1,000 in cash from the sale of methamphetamine. On February 21, 2020, Schwery entered a guilty plea to Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

The matter was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’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.