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Sentencings Continue In Meth Case

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

     An Omaha woman has become the fifth person to be sentenced in what’s been dubbed the “Fisher Farm Case” in Mills County.
    Jennifer Mae Biggerstaff, 35,   has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for her role in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice.
    Biggerstaff was among several individuals indicted by a grand jury in April for their participation in manufacturing methamphetamine at a rural Mills County farm from at least February 2003 to May 2011. Persons involved in the conspiracy were found to be responsible for the theft of a substantial quantity of anhydrous ammonia in southwest Iowa and for the purchase of pseudoephedrine from stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.
    Anhydrous ammonia and pseudoephedrine are both used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
     The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Biggerstaff’s role in the conspiracy involved purchasing pseudoephedrine for which she received a portion of the resulting methamphetamine. After serving her prison time, Biggerstaff will be required to spend five years on supervised release.
    Other individuals previously sentenced in the conspiracy were Kirk Jason Hardman (10 years prison), Trent James Fisher (90 months in prison), Timothy Earl Bendt (four years in prison) and Paul Leon Foster (157 months in prison). Three individuals are pending sentencing in the case - Andru Alan Fisher, Robert Gene Ott, Jr., and Christopher Nicholas Smith.
    The investigation into the methamphetamine operation was conducted by the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.