Three Men Sentenced To Federal Prison In Connection With The Distribution Of Methamphetamine In NW Iowa, SW Minnesota

Date posted - July 17, 2014

Sioux City, Iowa — Three men who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota have been sentenced to federal prison.gavel_sxc

The United States Attorney’s Office reports that 25-year-old Jose Lopez, Jr., 25-year-old Francisco Orozco-Padilla, and 27-year-old Ricardo Camberos-Valle each received the prison terms after they pled guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty pleas, Lopez, Orozco-Padilla, and Camberos-Valle each admitted their involvement in a conspiracy that from 2009 through May 2013, distributed more than one and a half kilograms of methamphetamine. Court records say Lopez, Orozco-Padilla, and Camberos-Valle traveled to Wisconsin and Minnesota to obtain methamphetamine for later distribution in Iowa. On multiple occasions the three men distributed or aided and abetted each other in the distribution of methamphetamine to undercover officers.

Lopez was sentenced to 59 months in prison; Orozco-Padilla was sentenced to 78 months in prison; and Camberos-Valle was sentenced to 60 months in prison. Lopez must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Orozco-Padilla and Camberos-Valle must each also serve a two-year term of supervised release after their prison terms. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Spirit Lake Police Department.

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