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Final Meth Ring Defendant Pleads Guilty

The ninth, and final, defendant in a methamphetamine ring that operated out of Dubuque has pled guilty to federal charges. 41-year-old Samuel Taylor III was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm in a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. Prosecutors say that in February 2017, Taylor bought multiple ounces of ice methamphetamine from another defendant in Cedar Rapids. The second defendant later delivered several more ounces of ice meth to Taylor, who was living with a third defendant in Dubuque. A couple months later, the second defendant proposed mailing larger shipments of ice meth and to pay for the shipments by wiring money through Western Union. Taylor agreed and had other defendants wire thousands of dollars in drug proceeds to Mexico. Taylor faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, with a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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