Three people remain in jail pending meth, money laundering trial

CEDAR RAPIDS | Three people remain in jail after being indicted on federal drug and money laundering charges.

Following hearings Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, a magistrate ordered Coby Euans, 33, and Raymond Ohl Jr., 47, both of Oelwein, detained pending trial, which is tentatively set for February.

Magistrate Jon Scoles noted Ohl and Euans had prior drug convictions and a history of violating probation or pre-trial release.

A detention hearing for a third person charged, Brandon Herrmann, 34, was cancelled. Justin Luther, 33, and Preston Bieman, 27, were also indicted but were released from custody.

A sixth person named in the indictment, Corey Dewald, apparently has not yet been arrested.

The indictment was handed up Dec. 15. All six are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in a ring that allegedly operated between the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2015.

Luther and Ohl are also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering for allegedly concealing the proceeds of drug sales.

Court records show that postal inspectors intercepted a package containing 120 grams of meth sent to Luther’s girlfriend from southern California in February 2014. In January 2015, police found 20 grams of meth during a traffic stop involving Euans, according to court records, and Ohl, Luther and Dewald were found with 6.5 grams of meth in a March 2015 traffic stop, records state.

Ohl allegedly transferred money to Luther to buy meth in California using a pre-paid credit card, according to records.

The probe included wire taps, and authorities recorded 766 calls and 2,107 texts involving Ohl’s phone that authorities said were pertinent to the investigation.

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