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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

A Sioux City man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty May 9, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City. Jose Luis Estrada, age 37, from Sioux City, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Estrada admitted to conspiring to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine around the tri-state area. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Estrada remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Estrada faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by 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 21-4075.

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Updated May 10, 2022

Drug Trafficking