A Cleghorn man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and distribute pseudoephedrine pled guilty on April 21, in federal court in Sioux City.
Scott Alan Hare, 29, from Cleghorn, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and distribute pseudoephedrine after having a prior felony drug conviction and one count of manufacturing methamphetamine.
At the plea hearing, Hare admitted that, from October 2005 through February 2009, he and others manufactured and distributed methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School.
In November of 2008, officers searched Hare's rural Cleghorn residence and seized a methamphetamine lab. On Dec. 1, 2008 officers conducted another search in Marcus at a residence near the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School and Elementary School. Items used to manufacture methamphetamine were seized, and Hare admitted he participated in manufacturing methamphetamine at that residence.
On Jan. 19, 2009, officers searched another residence in Cherokee, where Hare was living. Once again items used to manufacture methamphetamine were seized.
Hare has a 2001 felony drug conviction in Ida County for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Donald E. O'Brien will be set after a pre-sentence report is prepared. Hare remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Hare faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and at least 10 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and was investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Cherokee Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Clay County Sheriff's Office, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.