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Storm Lake Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Conspiracy

May 30, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty May 29, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Juan Carlos Murillo-Figueroa, 24, from Storm Lake, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Murillo-Figueroa admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 5 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Storm Lake, Iowa, area from about 2011 through February 2012. On two occasions in November 2011 and once in January 2012, Murillo-Figueroa distributed methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement. On February 7, 2012, in Crawford County, Iowa, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of Murillo-Figueroa. Subsequent to the traffic stop, officers conducted a search of Murillo-Figueroa’s vehicle and located multiple baggies containing methamphetamine. The Iowa DCI Laboratory determined the four baggies of methamphetamine located in Murillo-Figueroa’s vehicle contained a total of 106.32 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Murillo-Figueroa later stated he had obtained at least 8 ounces of methamphetamine for distribution.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Murillo-Figueroa was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. On both convictions, Murillo-Figueroa faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and four years up to life 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, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations, Denison, Iowa, Police Department, Storm Lake, Iowa, Police Department, and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-4022.



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