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SIOUX CITY—A 50-year-old Melvin man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the Sept. 7 plea hearing in Sioux City, Todd David Gruis admitted that in March he received multiple packages by mail, each containing meth.

Gruis planned to use some of this meth and the remainder he planned to distribute to another.

Sentencing before U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.

Gruis was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years of imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years of imprisonment, a $5 million fine, and four years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Greenwood and was investigated by U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.