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Two convicted for bringing pounds of meth into Cedar Rapids

U.S. District Court Building in Cedar Rapids. (File photo, CBS2/FOX28)

A man and woman were convicted of federal drug crimes for trafficking massive amounts of ice methamphetamine into the Cedar Rapids area.

Marty Brian Robbins, age 55, of Marion, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Robbins’ co-defendant, Valerie Lee Kupka, age 42, of Clutier, Iowa, had previously been convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Aug. 10.

Federal authorities say Robbins obtained large shipments of ice methamphetamine from sources in in Noglaes, Ariz. He then transported the methamphetamine to Iowa in a trailer. Kupka assisted Robbins in selling the methamphetamine in Iowa. The pair were arrested while receiving drugs from Mexico in Noglaes. After executing several search warrants on Robbins’ truck, trailer, and other cars, police investigators recovered approximately nine pounds of ice methamphetamine. Investigators also recovered a total of $57,122 in cash proceeds of methamphetamine sales during their investigation into Robbins and Kupka.

Robbins faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, a $10,000,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment. A sentencing date has not been set yet.

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