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Oelwein Man Sentenced for Distributing Meth, Sexually Abusing Women

An Oelwein man who distributed meth out of his home, conspired to have a government witness assaulted, and sexually abused multiple women has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. 

39-year old Justin Buehler received the prison term after a June 9, 2022 jury verdict found him guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

The evidence at trial showed that Buehler distributed methamphetamine to an employee at his workplace. In January 2019, law enforcement agents coordinated with the employee to set up two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Buehler’s home. The agents surveilled both purchases.

At sentencing, the Court found Buehler obstructed justice by conspiring with his cellmates to have one of the government’s witnesses physically assaulted before trial. The Court also found that two witnesses credibly testified that Buehler convinced them to come to his home, provided substances to them, and sexually assaulted them multiple times.

The Court credited Buehler with at least 15 adult criminal convictions and found he qualified as a career offender under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

In addition to his 30-year prison term, Buehler must also serve a 6-year term of supervised release following his incarceration. 

He remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to federal prison.

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