Monday, June 28, 2021

Muscatine Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy Charge

 DAVENPORT, IOWA – A Muscatine woman, Kayla Jean Crabtree, was sentenced on June 22, 2021, by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 180 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Following her prison term, Crabtree was ordered to serve five years of supervised release and pay $100.00 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.

According to court documents, Crabtree, age 34, was identified as a drug trafficking suspect in approximately January of 2019. When attempting a traffic stop on Crabtree for an outstanding arrest warrant based on a parole violation, Crabtree fled by striking into police squad cars that were blocking her path. When apprehended, a glass methamphetamine pipe and functioning compact digital scale were found on her. A search warrant was executed on Crabtree’s vehicle and officers found approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine, drug packaging materials, and $3,389.25 cash. As part of the investigation, law enforcement learned Crabtree was involved with the distribution of over 1.5kg of ice methamphetamine. Crabtree pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge on January 28, 2021 and admitted to being involved in an ice methamphetamine distribution conspiracy beginning by as early as January 1, 2019, and continuing until April 23, 2019, when Crabtree was arrested.

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa prosecuted this matter.

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