California Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Iowa Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Contact: Peter Deegan
A California man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced October 12, 2012, to ten years in federal prison.
Jesus Quintero-Felix, 29, from Riverside, California, received the prison term after a June 12, 2012, jury verdict finding him one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine.
Evidence at trial showed 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.
Quintero-Felix was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Quintero-Felix was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Quintero-Felix is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was 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.