Ex-Iowa professor sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

January 10, 2020 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former professor living in eastern Iowa has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for dealing methamphetamine.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday in a news release that Randall Mark Gilbert, 61, of Marion, was sentenced Wednesday to 85 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute meth near a school. Police found more than 10 grams of meth in a search of Gilbert’s home, which was within 1,000 feet of Lisbon High School, prosecutors said.

Police said that after Gilbert’s arrested and release on bond, he barged into the home of a woman he believed had set him up, cut the phone line and threatened her with a knife. He then forced the woman to go with him to his house.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Cedar Rapids said Gilbert had been a professor at one time somewhere in Iowa but declined to say where he had taught.