SIOUX CITY | Two men have pleaded not guilty in federal court to selling methamphetamine in the Storm Lake, Iowa, area.
A grand jury indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City charges Bounpane Phaymany, 33, of Storm Lake, and Dylan Gustafson, 24, of Aurelia, Iowa, with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Gustafson also is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Both men pleaded not guilty Friday. Their trial was set for Oct. 2.
According to the indictment, to two had been selling meth in the area from about June 1 through Aug. 23.
The two were arrested in July after Storm Lake police executed a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of West Fifth Street in Storm Lake and found 1.2 pound of meth with a street value of about $19,000, a semiautomatic handgun and $400 in cash.
Gustafson arrived during the search, and police found him in possession of $8,500 in cash, two ounces of marijuana and a loaded 9mm handgun.
Both were charged in Buena Vista County District Court with drug possession. Those cases were dismissed Thursday after the federal indictment was filed.
Four children ranging in age from 3 to 6 also were removed from the home, and Brenda Vang, 25, of Storm Lake, was arrested on charges of child endangerment. Her case is pending in Buena Vista County District Court.