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Methamphetamine distributor sent to prison for over twenty years

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A man who was responsible for distributing ice methamphetamine and tampering with witnesses was sentenced today to more than 20 years in federal prison. 

Troy Lawrence, 54, from Cedar Rapids, received the prison term after an October 28,2015, jury verdict finding him guilty of three counts: conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of ice methamphetamine; possession of at least 5 grams of ice methamphetamine with the intent to distribute; and witness tampering. 

Evidence at the trial showed Lawrence was involved in a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing significant quantities of ice methamphetamine, a highly pure, crystallized form of methamphetamine, in Eastern Iowa. The organization, headed by Lawrence's brother Martin Lawrence, obtained ice methamphetamine from a source of supply located in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Investigators learned of the organization after Martin Lawrence's step-son brought a stuffed animal containing methamphetamine to his elementary school. 

Lawrence obtained ounce quantities of methamphetamine from his brother and distributed it to a network of customers in multiple gram quantities. 

After his arrest on federal charges, Lawrence instructed government witnesses to avoid contact with law enforcement in order to prevent these witnesses from testifying at their trial. 

Based on these instructions, Lawrence was found guilty of witness tampering. 

During the same trial, Martin Lawrence was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of ice methamphetamine; distribution of at least 5 grams of ice methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and witness tampering. 

Sentencing for Martin Lawrence will take place on a later date. 

Lawrence was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Senior Judge Mark W. Bennett. Lawrence was sentenced to 262 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. 

There is no parole in the federal system. 

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