A northeast Iowa man faces a possible life in prison sentence after being found guilty by a federal court jury on drug and gun charges. Thirty-seven-year-old Dale Lucas of Waucoma was convicted Tuesday of attempting to manufacture meth after being convicted of a previous drug felony, possession of a firearm as a felon, and using, carrying and possessing a firearm during drug trafficking.
During the trial it was revealed that Lucas was involved in a high-speed chase with Waukon police in December of 2003. After blowing a tire, Lucas ran into the woods just south of Waukon. during a long foot chase, Lucas eluded officers by jumping off a 30 foot bluff. He was arrested a few days later in Crawford County, Wisconsin. During the investigation, officers found a meth lab in the trunk of Lucas’ car, and a loaded handgun on the ground next to the car.
Lucas had previous drug-related convictions in Winneshiek County and Crawford County Wisconsin. Lucas now faces from five years to life in prison and fines of up to two-point-five million dollars.