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Illegal Alien Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

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

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced January 22, 2014, to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Hector Ramirez, 29, residing in South Sioux City, Nebraska, received the prison term after an October 25, 2013, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Ramirez admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from 2010 through May 2013.  On April 24, 2013, law enforcement conducted a controlled buy with Ramirez who distributed over 25 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine.  

Ramirez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Ramirez was sentenced to 128 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 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.

Ramirez 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 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; Homeland Security Investigations; 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  The case file number is 13-4052.

Updated February 19, 2015