Sibley Man To Do Six Years In Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Date posted - March 27, 2013

gavel_sxcSioux City, Iowa — A Sibley man who admitted to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, 49-year-old Esmelin Belloso-Valle of Sibley received the prison term after he pled guilty in September to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Belloso-Valle admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from 2011 through April 2012 that distributed more than 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On one occasion in February 2012, once in March 2012, and once in May 2012, Belloso-Valle along with others involved in the conspiracy distributed more than 200 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine during controlled drug transactions with law enforcement. One of these distributions occurred within 1000 feet of Dale Street Park in Sioux City, Iowa. During the execution of a search warrant, law enforcement officers located over 208 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine that was for future distribution as part of the conspiracy.

Belloso-Valle was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark Bennett. Belloso-Valle was sentenced to 81 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Belloso-Valle is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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One Response to “Sibley Man To Do Six Years In Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Conspiracy”

  1. Say it like it is says:

    He’s not going to serve 6 years in prison, but “reporters” have to make it sound as sensational as possible, right?

    In the Federal system (no, I have not been in prison), inmates serve 85% of their sentences, minus any time spent incarcerated prior to their conviction, and drug offenders get 6 months credit for addiction treatment while in prison.

    So… 81 x .85 = 68.9. Minus, let’s say 10 months time served (judging from the story), minus 6 more months for rehab, and viola…52.9 months, or not quite 4 and a half years. But 6 years sounds better.

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