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Illegal Alien Sentenced to Federal Prison for Iowa-Minnesota Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man was sentenced June 30, 2017, to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


Javier Martinez, 50, from Mexico received the prison term after a guilty plea on March 23, 2017, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


At his guilty plea hearing, Martinez admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 1,500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine from 2015 through September 2016 in Minnesota and Iowa. Martinez also admitted to purchasing about 4-12 grams of methamphetamine 3 to 4 times per week for about one year from Rogelio Garcia-Jimenez for further re-distribution.


Martinez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Martinez was sentenced to 72 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 2-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Martinez 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 as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement; Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; Buffalo Ridge Task Force; and Internal Revenue Service.


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-4084. Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated June 30, 2017

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