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Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Methamphetamine

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

A man who possessed methamphetamine he was intending to distribute was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison.

Jose Guadalupe Angulo, age 43, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, received the prison term after a February 2, 2023 guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

In a plea agreement, Angulo admitted that on December 8, 2016, he was a passenger in a vehicle traveling through Woodbury County, Iowa.  After law enforcement stopped the vehicle, he was found in possession of 7983 grams of methamphetamine he had obtained in California and was intending to redistribute in Minnesota.

After he was released following federal arrest, Angulo absconded from pretrial supervision and did not appear for his subsequent court hearings.  He fled to Mexico until he was arrested in spring of 2022 as he crossed the border back into the United States.

Angulo was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Angulo was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Angulo 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 Jack Lammers 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 at  The case file number is 16-CR-4102.

Updated May 30, 2023

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