Cherokee Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charges

A Cherokee man who conspired to distribute meth pled guilty this week in federal court in Sioux City.

Thirty-six year-old Raymond Kerns was convicted of conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth.  Kerns was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, in Pottawattamie County in August 2017.

At the plea hearing, Kerns admitted that from January 2017 through February 2018, he was involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than 500 grams of meth mixture in and around the Cherokee area. 

On February 27th, Kerns was apprehended by law enforcement in Storm Lake when he was attempting to meet a co-conspirator for purposes of meth trafficking.  Law enforcement seized 15-hundred dollars and eight grams of meth from Kerns, who admitted he planned to distribute to other persons. 
Kerns remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Kerns faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and fines of up to eight million dollars. No sentencing date has been set.