An Appanoose County jury on Monday, May 20 found Cliff Allen Lowe, 40, of Udell guilty of two counts of conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine, class B felonies. Lowe was found not guilty of the charge of possession of a firearm.
The verdict was handed down after a four day trial which was prosecuted by Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott.
Lowe is scheduled for sentencing on July 30. He faces a minimum of 25 years on each count and he may also face a habitual violator sentence which would triple the years of each count for a total of 150 years.
Lowe was arrested by the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force on Jan. 22, 2013 after a search warrant was executed at his property in Udell. During the search of the property officers found items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The SCIDTF in July of 2012 began an investigation into a group of individuals including Lowe conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. Six additional co-defendants are currently awaiting trial.
Assisting the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force with the investigation and prosecution of this case was the Centerville Police Department, Appanoose County Sheriff's Office, Appanoose County Attorney, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Iowa State Patrol.