A Webster City woman who possessed with intent to distribute methamphetamine pleaded guilty December 2 in U.S. Federal Court in Sioux City. 41 year old Kelly Beightol was convicted of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Beightol was previously convicted of Possession of More Than 5 grams of Methamphetamine with the intent to deliver and Delivery of less than 5 grams of Methamphetamine in Webster County District Court on or around December 23,2015. During the plea hearing, Beightol admitted that on September 6, 2021,during a traffic stop in Hardin County,she was found in possession of about 53 grams of pure methamphetamine and one half pound of marijuana. Law enforcement also seized the packaging for the drugs,a digital scale,two cellular telephones, and nearly $1,700 in cash. Beightol said she intended to distribute some or all of the methamphetamine to another person or persons. The sentencing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Beightol remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Beightol faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment a 5 million dollar fine and at least four years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Wehde and was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Hardin and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Departments, Webster City Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Laboratory.