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Sioux City Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Giron, a felon, was on probation with the State of Iowa when caught with cocaine, marijuana, a large amount of cash, and a gun.

A man from Sioux City, IA was sentenced August 9, 2019, to more than 9 years in federal prison.

Jesus Giron, age 22, from Sioux City, IA received the prison term after a pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence at his detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed on or about May 20, 2018, was stopped by law enforcement after burglarizing a motor vehicle in Sioux City, Iowa.  Upon his arrest officers located 15 one-gram  baggies of cocaine and $1,041.00 on his person. 

Once at the Woodbury County Jail officers located 15 more baggies, each containing a half-gram of cocaine, in Giron’s waistband.  A search warrant at his home revealed drug packaging materials, marijuana, and ammunition.  In his living room more marijuana and five baggies of cocaine were discovered.  In his basement, officers located a large duffel bag with a large quantity of marijuana and cocaine inside.  Also in this bag was a handgun, digital scales, and drug packaging materials.  Almost directly above where this bag was located, on top of an air duct, was a plastic shopping bag containing $5,000.

Giron was already a state felon, on state probation, and awaiting resolution of other state felony charges when these discoveries were made.

Giron was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Giron was sentenced to 117 months’ imprisonment and he must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-4048.

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Updated August 13, 2019

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