A federal judge sentenced a 56-year-old Palmyra woman with a prior federal drug conviction to more than 20 years in prison Tuesday for a meth conspiracy in the Lincoln area that lasted more than four years.

Ranette D. Hauser pleaded guilty to distributing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf sentenced her to 21 years and 10 months in prison, plus 10 years on supervised release when she gets out.

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In a news release, United States Attorney Joe Kelly said information provided to law enforcement indicated Hauser was responsible for distributing at least 18 ounces of methamphetamine between February 2013 and June 2017.

In 2005, Hauser got five years and 10 months in federal prison for a similar charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The sentence later was reduced to three years.

The current case was investigated by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force.

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