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Spencer Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Charges

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

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty February 18, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City.

Armando Silva Reyes, 55, from Spencer, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Silva Reyes admitted that between January 2020 and February 2021, he and others were involved in a conspiracy to distribute pound-levels of methamphetamine in Northern Iowa.  On at least two separate occasions, Silva Reyes distributed more than a quarter pound of pure methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.  On February 3, 2021, defendant and others received approximately 3 pounds of methamphetamine utilizing the United States Postal Service at the Spencer Post Office. 

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Iowa DCI Laboratory. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-4040.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated February 28, 2022

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