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Meth products purchased locally

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Iowa announced Monday that a Sibley man who pleaded guilty last week to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine bought the items used to make the meth in Worthington.

Richard Peter Kress, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth within 1,000 feet of a park, distribution of meth within 1,000 feet of a park, use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of meth and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

The indictment, filed in July, states Kress manufactured and distributed 5 grams or more of pure meth within 1,000 feet of Central Park, Sibley. He allegedly possessed and distributed pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture.

Between Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 2005, Kress and others allegedly travelled to Worthington at least seven times to purchase meth manufacturing supplies, including pseudoephedrine pills, match books, iodine crystals and more, and to promote his business enterprise of meth manufacturing.

At the plea hearing, Kress admitted he and others had manufactured and distributed meth at his residence within 1,000 of Central Park and had made the purchases in Worthington.

Kress will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals until a presentence report is prepared and sentencing takes place. He faces a possible maximum sentence of at least five years and up to 80 years incarceration, $4 million in fines and at least eight years of supervised release following any imprisonment.