Iowa man investigated by WDCI, WHP pled ‘guilty’ to methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute charge

(Cheyenne, WY) – United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that Nathan Cates, age 41, of Missouri Valley, Iowa pled “guilty” to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to a release issued by the Department of Justice.

Cates appeared for a change of plea hearing before United States District Court Nancy D. Freudenthal on January 20th, 2022.

Sentencing is set for May 16, 2022.


Cates faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, five years to life of supervised release, up to $10 million in fines and a $100 special assessment.

A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This crime was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret M. Vierbuchen is prosecuting the case. 


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