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Judge sentenced Dubuque man to 30 years in prison for trafficking ice methamphetamine from Omaha

Sold drug in Dubuque area

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Dubuque man who transported pounds of “ice” methamphetamine to Eastern Iowa from Omaha, Neb., was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 30 years in prison.

Jason M. Schumacher, 37, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence during sentencing showed Schumacher and his associates made at least 13 trips to Omaha from July through Nov. 30 of last year to purchase pounds of ice methamphetamine. Schumacher sold his meth in the Dubuque area.

On October 12, 2017, police investigators received a tip that Schumacher was traveling to Dubuque in a silver car and might have a large cache of meth. Investigators located Schumacher entering Dubuque eastbound on Highway 20. They attempted to approach him after he parked in a mobile home park but he sped away, nearly striking an investigator’s vehicle.

Schumacher then led them on a chase through two construction zones, driving at “dangerously” high speeds, coming close to hitting workers in the construction areas.

Schumacher eventually lost control of his car near a busy intersection and crashed into a small utility building, knocking the building partially off its foundation, according to court documents. He then tried to run from the crash but investigators caught and arrested him.

Police took a passenger in Schumacher’s car to the hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Schumacher to 30 years in federal prison and ordered him to serve 10 years of supervised release following the prison term.


The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Drew Inman and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; Dubuque and Waterloo police departments; Dubuque and Black Hawk County sheriff’s offices; Dubuque Drug Task Force, Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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