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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 4, 2015

South Sioux City, Nebraska Man to Federal Prison for Iowa Methamphetamine Conspiracy

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced June 3, 2015, to more than one year in federal prison.

Victor Gerardo Gonzalez-Hidalgo, 36, from South Sioux City, Nebraska, received the prison term after an October 17, 2014, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Gonzalez-Hidalgo admitted that from September 2013 through May 2014, he was involved in a conspiracy that distributed at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Gonzalez-Hidalgo admitted to selling one ounce quantities of methamphetamine on nine separate occasions to an undercover law enforcement agent.

Gonzalez-Hidalgo was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Gonzalez-Hidalgo was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Gonzalez-Hidalgo 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 is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 14-4046.

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Updated June 4, 2015