September 24, 2013

A 25-year-old Vail man who was arrested last year in Spirit Lake in possession of more than 18 grams of methamphetamine and small plastic bags to sell the drug was sentenced last week to a decade in federal prison.

Jeffrey D. Krowiorz II pleaded guilty in March to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

State and local law officers learned in September 2012 that Krowiorz - a felon who has faced numerous state drug charges - might have been selling drugs in Spirit Lake and had a Crawford County warrant for his arrest for contempt of court, according to federal court records.

A law-enforcement surveillance team later tried to arrest him for the warrant. He ran as a police officer attempted to cuff him but was caught a few blocks away. Officers found him in possession of a pipe used to smoke meth, an Axe body spray can that contained the meth, and $400 cash, court records show.

Before the arrest, Krowiorz had arranged to stay at an in-patient drug treatment facility in Clarinda, and a judge allowed him get the treatment despite the arrest, according to court records. It's unclear how long he was at the facility.

Krowiorz was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in federal prison, from which there is no parole. He will serve eight years of supervised release after.