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Wallingford man sentenced to 22 years on drug charges

By Staff | Jul 25, 2009

SIOUX CITY – United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth in Sioux City announced Friday that a Northwest Iowa man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine and distribute meth, pseudoephedrine and marijuana was sentenced on July 21 to 22 years in federal prison.

Todd Alan Behrends, 42, from Wallingford, received the prison term after an April 24, 2009, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to manufacture meth, distribute meth, distribute pseudoephedrine, possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth and possess marijuana with intent to deliver. This was after he was previously convicted of another felony drug offense.

Behrends admitted that from June 2003 through Nov. 10, 2008, in the Lakes area, he and others manufactured and distributed meth, possessed and distributed pseudoephedrine to be used in manufacturing meth, and possessed marijuana with the intent to distribute.

On Aug. 12, 2005, Behrends and two other individuals were arrested in Omaha, Neb., for possession of meth, lithium batteries, a large amount of pseudoephedrine pills, and drug paraphernalia. This resulted in a felony conviction in Nebraska District court for possession of meth.

On April 24, 2008, in Osceola County, Behrends had over 4.5 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was seized by the Iowa State Patrol from Behrends’ vehicle, but he escaped in another car, almost running over a trooper.

On Nov. 10, 2008, in Omaha, Neb., Behrends was arrested and possessed a loaded 9mm handgun.

Behrends was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Behrends was sentenced to 264 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.

Behrends is being held in the United States 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 Iowa State Patrol; Osceola County Sheriff’s Office; O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and United States Marshal’s office.