Late last week, three Muscatine residents were sentenced to over 8 years in prison. Danielle Graves, 35, Nathan Wagner, 36, and Charles Rhoades, 39, were sent to prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Graves and Rhoades were ordered to serve three years of supervised release following their imprisonment, Wagner was ordered to serve five years.
On May 31, 2017, Rhoades pled guilty to methamphetamine conspiracy charges arising from individuals transporting methamphetamine from Des Moines to Muscatine and distributing it in southeast Iowa. The plea agreement stated that Rhoades distributed approximately seven grams of methamphetamine and also possessed with the intent to distribute over 100 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Nichols. Rhoades and Graves were arrested in December of 2016 after the traffic stop and charged with controlled substance violation, a Class B Felony, as well as failure to affix drug stamp. Rhoades will face 106 months in prison.
On June 2, 2017, Graves and Wagner pled guilty to methamphetamine conspiracy charges; they distributed approximately 25 to 30 pounds of methamphetamine from Des Moines to Muscatine. The conspiracy involved the defendants’ agreement to distribute the methamphetamine throughout the Muscatine area and the surrounding communities. Graves is sentenced to 135 months in prison and Wagner faces 300. Wagner was also previously arrested for three possession-related charges after an arrest warrant was issued in 2013.
This matter was investigated by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, the Des Moines Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.