September 10, 2021 - 3:13 pm - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — A Melvin man entered a guilty plea in federal court earlier this week to possession with intent to delivery methamphetamine.

According to federal prosecutors, at a March plea hearing, 50-year-old Todd Gruis admitted that in March of this year he received multiple packages by mail, each containing methamphetamine. Gruis planned to use some of this methamphetamine and the remainder he planned to distribute to another.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Gruis was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Gruis faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, and four years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment, according to officials.

The case was investigated by United States Postal Inspection Service, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

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