Dubuque man sentenced to more than a decade for meth trafficking

A man, who trafficked methamphetamine throughout Dubuque and unlawfully possessed a gun while using meth, was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison. 

Richard Thomas Hense, 34, of Dubuque, received the prison term after a May 10, 2018, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute meth and possession of a firearm by a drug user.

Evidence presented at court hearings showed that from September 2016 until October 2017, Hense sold approximately ten pounds of ice meth throughout Dubuque that he had received from Derek Richard Rath. Rath was receiving meth in the mail from a source in Phoenix, Arizona. 

On the night of October 13, 2017, officers stopped Hense for a traffic violation. The officers searched Hense’s vehicle and found a half-ounce of ice meth, prescription pills, a digital scale, a loaded .32 caliber revolver, and 53 rounds of ammunition. Hense admitted to possessing the meth and gun. He also told officers that he had been smoking meth for the past year. 

Hense was sentenced in Cedar Rapids to 141 months imprisonment. Hense must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. 

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