DAVENPORT — A former Burlington resident was sentenced Monday to approximately 20 years in federal prison for distributing "ice" methamphetamine in southeast Iowa.
Gregory L. Baxter Jr., 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 242 months in federal prison following his guilty pleas last April to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Baxter was ordered to serve 10 years supervised parole once he has completed his 20-year prison sentence. Baxter's punishment was enhanced because of a 2014 prior conviction for conspiracy to deliver marijuana.
According to the plea agreement, on April 14 last year Baxter possessed 312 grams of "actual ice" methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, said U.S. Attorney Marc Krickman, who prosecuted Baxter on the federal charges.
"Baxter admitted to distributing ounces of methamphetamine to another (person) on that date," according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in Davenport. "Baxter also admitted he intentionally attempted to flee from law enforcement agents in a vehicle and attempted to destroy evidence."
He was arrested on the methamphetamine charges last April following a high-speed chase through Burlington and northern Des Moines County that ended when an Iowa State Patrol trooper used his vehicle to run the Baxter's car off the road near Sperry.
He was initially charged in Des Moines County District Court with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, assault on a law enforcement officer, eluding police officers, interference with officials acts using a dangerous weapon (a car), operating a vehicle while under the influence and driving while suspended.
However, those charges were dismissed in state court when federal authorities announced they intended to file federal charges against him.
Chad McCune, a Des Moines County sheriff’s deputy, said a large amount “ice methamphetamine” was found inside Baxter’s vehicle following the chase.