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Meth charge bring 15 years in prison for Cedar Rapids man

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Justin M. Cinkan, 28, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court on charges of conspiring to manufacture five or more grams of methamphetamine near a school and possessing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Evidence at trial showed Cinkan bought more than 25 grams of pseudoephedrine between September 2015 and May 2016 for the purpose of cooking meth, according to the release.

He was prevented from buying pseudoephedrine four times during that time because of the state’s electronic pseudoephedrine tracking system, but had other people buy pseudoephedrine and other materials used for manufacturing meth.

In the days leading up to May 1, 2016, Cinkan and a woman stockpiled materials to cook meth at a home in Marion, the news release said.

While in the home, Cinkan and the woman argued, and he threatened to blow up the female by setting fire to an active, one-pot meth lab.

The woman’s brother notified Marion police after finding the lab in the house, the news release said.

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Cinkan was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

At sentencing, Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand found Cinkan had recruited others into his meth-making scheme and that Cinkan had testified falsely at trial.

Strand also said Cinkan had gone on a “crime spree” in May 2016 — stealing and abandoning three cars in the week after the meth lab was discovered. He was convicted of three felonies in those thefts, according to the release.

Cinkan previously had been convicted of possessing methamphetamine precursors, a felony.

He is in the custody of U.S. marshals until he can be taken to a federal prison.

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