Almost 20 years in prison for Swaledale man who pleaded guilty to federal drug charges

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Swaledale man found to have drugs in his car after being pulled over in Mason City last March has been sentenced to almost 20 years in a federal prison.

46-year-old Chris Bruce was pulled over by a Cerro Gordo County deputy in the 500 block of South Carolina in the early morning hours of March 12th for an equipment violation. Bruce allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol as well as having meth pipes in his vehicle.

State charges filed against Bruce were dropped in August to allow federal prosecutors to file their own charges.

Bruce recently pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 230 months in prison to be followed by eight years of supervised release.