Fort Dodge woman pleads guilty to methamphetamine charges

By: Matt Scher,

Fort Dodge, IA – A Fort Dodge woman who police say conspired to distribute methamphetamine near a school pleaded guilty to those charges on Monday. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 42-year-old Heather Gibson was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine within a protected location.

At the plea hearing, Gibson admitted that from December 2019 to December 2021, she and others were involved in a conspiracy that distributed methamphetamine in the Fort Dodge area. Evidence showed that on three separate occasions, Gibson distributed a total of 47.24 grams of pure methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement. Two of the controlled buys from Gibson occurred within 1,000 feet of Iowa Central Community College’s Transportation Technology Center in Fort Dodge and Joe Heatherington Otho Fun Park in Otho. On Dec. 1, 2021, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by Gibson and seized 3.5 grams of methamphetamine from her person.

Gibson will be sentenced at a later date. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years of imprisonment.