Sioux City Man, Jerry Powell Pleads Guilty in Federal Court for Meth and Firearm Charges
Two-time previously convicted drug felon attempted to flee law enforcement in vehicle and on foot with meth in his vehicle
(STL.News) A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and possessed a firearm during his drug trafficking pled guilty May 19, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.
Jerry Powell, 32, from Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of illegal possession of a firearm, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. Powell was previously convicted of two felony drug offenses, namely, felony possession of a controlled substance in South Dakota in 2007, and felony possession of a controlled substance – 3rd offense in Iowa in 2018.
At the plea hearing, Powell admitted that between 2016 through about December 17, 2020, he and others conspired to distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Sioux City area. On December 17, 2020, in Sioux City, Iowa, law enforcement caught Powell attempting to flee a legal traffic stop, at first by vehicle, including at speeds in excess of 100 mph on city streets, then after crashing the vehicle, on foot.