Mexican man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy; distributed one pound per two weeks in Iowa

Mexican man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy; distributed one pound per two weeks in Iowa

An Mexican man residing in Spencer illegally pleaded guilty in US District Court in Sioux City on Aug. 28 to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Iowa stated Jesus Jonathan Vazquez-Espinoza, 33, admitted in a plea agreement that he received about $10,000 worth of methamphetamine in March 2017 and that he continued to receive an average of one pound of meth every two weeks until he was arrested in April 2018.

Vazquez-Espinoza arranged for meth to be delivered in the mail to different Iowa residences, according to the news release.

Authorities seized more than two pounds of methamphetamine and $8,712 in cash when they arrested Vazquez-Espinoza.

Vazquez-Espinoza is in custody of the United States Marshal until he is sentenced. A presentence report will be prepared before a sentencing date is set.

Vazquez-Espinoza faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment. In addition, he faces a $5 million fine and five years of supervised release following imprisonment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ajay J. Alexander is prosecuting the case.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement with help from the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, which includes sheriff’s offices in Clay, Dickinson and O’Brien counties; Spencer and Okoboji police departments; the Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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