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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 17, 2015

Five People Sentenced to Federal Prison for Meth-Distribution Conspiracy

Five men have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Billy Lee Jaime Huerta, age 31, of Mason City, Iowa, received his prison term after a December 10, 2014, guilty plea; David Luiz Lee Huerta, age 27, of Mason City, Iowa, received her prison term after a March 25, 2015, guilty plea, Steven Andrew Davis, age 32, of Stockton, California, received his prison term after a January 26, 2015, guilty plea, Michael Angelo Sanchez Moreno, age 25, of Stockton, California, received his prison term after a December 3, 2014, guilty plea, and Francisco Mora-Martinez, age 29, of Stockton, California, received his prison term after a February 2, 2015, guilty plea.  Billy Huerta, David Huerta, Davis, Moreno, and Mora-Martinez each pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  David Huerta and Steven Davis each also pled to Distributing a Controlled Substance.  Billy Huerta was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in Cerro Gordo County, on July 7, 2008.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencing’s and change of plea hearings show the defendants were involved in a conspiracy in which David Huerta and Steven Davis were bringing from California and/or mailing pound quantities of methamphetamine to the Mason City area and along with Billy Huerta and Michael Moreno reselling it to others.  During his involvement in the conspiracy, Francisco Mora-Martinez was responsible for facilitating the distribution of more than 150 grams of pure methamphetamine.  The conspiracy lasted from August 2010 to October 2014, in the Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa area.

Billy Huerta, David Huerta, Davis, Mora-Martinez, and Moreno, were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Billy Huerta was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment, David Huerta was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment, Davis was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment, and Mora-Martinez and Moreno were each sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  Billy Huerta must serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  David Huerta, Davis, Mora-Martinez, and Moreno must each serve a 5-year term of supervised release after prison.  David Huerta, Steven Davis, and Michael Moreno, were each ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.  Billy Huerta and Mora-Martinez were each ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  There is no parole in the federal system.

All five are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Mason City Police Department, Clear Lake Police Department, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

The case file number is 14-3054.

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Updated July 17, 2015