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Two Brothers From Sioux City Convicted Of Drug And Money Laundering Conspiracy

June 5, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

Two brothers who participated in a conspiracy to launder the proceeds from a drug distribution organization were convicted by a jury on June 1, 2012, after a four-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Angel Amaya, 25, and Javier Amaya, 21, both from Sioux City, Iowa, were convicted of conspiring to launder money. Angel Amaya was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. The verdicts were returned following about 4 hours of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial showed that Angel and Javier Amaya conducted financial transactions in order to conceal the proceeds of the drug conspiracy. Angel Amaya was also convicted of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine from about April 2009 through about May 2011.

Sentencings before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after presentence reports are prepared. Javier Amaya remains free on bond previously set and Angel Amaya remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the money laundering conviction Javier and Angel each face the following maximum penalties: (1) not more than 20 years’ imprisonment without the possibility of parole; (2) a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater; (3) a mandatory special assessment of $100; and (4) a term of supervised release of not more than 5 years. On the drug conspiracy conviction, Angel Amaya 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 5 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, which consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; Woodbury County Attorney’s Office; with the assistance of the Webster County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-4065.




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