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Mexican Man Given More than a Decade Long Prison Sentence for Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Morales-Alvarez started selling methamphetamine shortly after he illegally reentered the United States

A man who conspired to distribute over 750 grams of methamphetamine was sentenced today to more than a decade in federal prison.

Fredy Juan Morales-Alvarez, age 33, from Michoaćan, Mexico, received the prison term after a February 2020 guilty plea to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Morales-Alvarez admitted that, beginning in the fall of 2013 and continuing through December 17, 2013, he conspired to traffic methamphetamine.  On December 17, 2013, law enforcement searched Morales-Alvarez’s car during a traffic stop in Waterloo, Iowa, and recovered over 50 grams of methamphetamine.  Law enforcement then searched his home, finding an additional 122 grams of methamphetamine, $6,540 in United States currency, and a digital scale. 

Morales-Alvarez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Morales-Alvarez was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Morales-Alvarez 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 Lisa Williams and Special Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Waterloo Police Department, the Cedar Falls Police Department, and the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department.

Court file information at

The case file number is 14-CR-2013.

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Updated July 13, 2020

Drug Trafficking