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Nebraska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth-Distribution Conspiracy

May 16, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A South Sioux City man was sentenced May 14, 2012 for his role in a Sioux City area methamphetamine conspiracy.

Esteban Curiel, Jr., age 37, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, received his prison term after a December 28, 2011, guilty plea. Curiel pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencing and change of plea hearings showed on July 12, 2011, Curiel was in possession of one-half ounce of methamphetamine and threw it out his vehicle window when police officers attempted to stop him.

Curiel was receiving methamphetamine from 2-3 sources and reselling it to others. During his involvement in the conspiracy, Curiel personally received and sold at least 3-4 pounds of methamphetamine.

Curiel was sentenced on May 14, 2012, in United States District Court in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Curiel was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. Curiel must serve a 5-year term of supervised release after prison. There is no parole in the federal system. Curiel was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

Curiel is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; U.S. 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; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

Court file information is available at, case file # 11-4106.



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