Dubuque man pleads guilty to trafficking meth and money laundering

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Dubuque man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges Monday.

35-year-old Derek Rath admitted he conspired to distribute several pounds of methamphetamine and launder drug proceeds.

Prosecutors said Rath received several multi-pound shipments of meth through the mail and then sold it in Dubuque. They said a former Dubuque resident, Anthony McCarron, mailed the meth from Phoenix to Rath from September 2016 and June 2017. Rath also shipped large quantities of cash to McCarron to pay for the meth. At his plea hearing, Rath admitted he and McCarron used aliases when shipping the drugs and money.

McCarron pleaded guilty to the same charges in October 2017.

Rath faces 20 years to life in federal prison and at least 10 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.