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Court sentences Graettinger man to 24 years in federal prison

January 7, 2011
Estherville News

A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and possess and distribute pseudoephedrine was sentenced on Dec. 21, 2010, to 24 years in federal prison.

Daren Wayne Titus, 34, from Graettinger received the prison term after a Jan. 27, 2010, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and distribute and possess pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Titus admitted that between January 2002 and Oct. 4, 2007, he and others manufactured and distributed methamphetamine. Titus admitted he supervised others in gathering pseudoephedrine pills, lithium batteries, anhydrous ammonia and other items to manufacture methamphetamine.

Titus has two prior felony drug convictions and one prior felony burglary conviction.

Titus was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Titus was sentenced to 285 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Titus is being held in the United State's Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.



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