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Anamosa Man Faces 60 Years For Making Meth Near School

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ANAMOSA, Iowa — An Anamosa man faces up to 60 years in prison for allegedly attempting to make meth near a school.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 36-year-old Zackery L. Smock has been charged with one count of attempting to manufacture meth by a drug felon near a school.

Smock is accused of manufacturing and attempting to manufacture meth within 1,000 feet of Saint Patrick’s School in Anamosa on March 7, 2014. Smock’s attempts at meth making resulted in a fire at the home. Smock and four other people were at home when the fire broke out, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Smock appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Thursday and was held without bond. A detention hearing has been scheduled for May 27.

In addition to the potential imprisonment, Smock faces a fine up to $4 million, a $100 special assessment and a minimum of six years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

According to online court records, Smock has a lengthy arrest record. He was charged in Jones County in 2012 with second-degree arson and a controlled substance violation. However, in September 2013, Smock agreed to a plea deal which saw the arson charge get dismissed and the controlled substance violation be reduced from a Class B to a Class C felony. His 10-year prison sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve one year in a residential facility, according to court records.

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