Cherokee Man Sentenced On Federal Meth Charges (1)

Wed 3-6-2019

(Sioux City)-- A Cherokee man has been sentenced in federal court on meth charges.

37-year-old Raymond Andrew Kerns was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison.

Kerns pled guilty in September of last year to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute meth. He had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance...3rd or subsequent offense, in Pottawattamie county in August of 2017.

Evidence at a plea hearing indicated Kern was involved in a conspiracy that distributed nearly three pounds of meth in and around the Cherokee area from January, 2017 through February, 2018.

Court documents say Kerns was apprehended February 27th of last year in Storm Lake while allegedly waiting to meet with another meth dealer. Law enforcement seized $1,500 and eight grams of methamphetamine which Kerns admitted he planned to distribute to other people.

The Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Storm Lake police and the Iowa DCI Lab assisted in the investigation.