Jury Convicts California Man Of Iowa Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Contact: Peter Deegan
A California man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa was convicted by a jury June 12, 2012, after a 1 ½-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.
Jesus Quintero-Felix, 28, from Riverside, California, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine. The verdict was returned yesterday following about 3 hours of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that Quintero-Felix was involved in a conspiracy in 2011 that distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in Iowa. The evidence showed that Quintero-Felix and co-conspirator Carlos Zamudio-Hernandez transported methamphetamine from California to Fort Dodge, Iowa, on at least three occasions. On December 11, 2011, law enforcement officers conducted a controlled drug transaction in which law enforcement purchased 1/4 pound of 99% pure methamphetamine from Quintero-Felix and others.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Quintero-Felix remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Quintero-Felix faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the distribution conviction, Quintero-Felix faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least four years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 12-3002.