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Minnesota Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Iowa Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Delivered over ½ pound of meth to law enforcement

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced June 17, 2020, to more than 2 years in federal prison.

Emmanuel Fuentes, 35, from Madelia, Minnesota, received the prison term after a December 30, 2019, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that from July 2019 through August 2019, Fuentes was involved in the distribution of more than 150 grams of pure methamphetamine.  In two separate investigative operations, in July and August 2019, law enforcement seized more than ten ounces of methamphetamine from Fuentes.

Fuentes was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Fuentes was sentenced to 31 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.  Fuentes 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 at

The case file number is 19-4053.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated June 18, 2020

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