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

Friday, October 28, 2016

Two Individuals to Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy

A man and woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine were each sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Beatriz Roman-Luna, 33, from Paulina, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 22, 2016, guilty plea.  Jose Gomez-Trujillo, 30, from Mexico, received the prison term after a July 6, 2016, guilty plea.  Both pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine and two counts of distribution and aiding and abetting another in the distribution of 5 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine.  Gomez-Trujillo also pled guilty to illegally being in the United States.   

At the guilty pleas, Roman-Luna and Gomez-Trujillo admitted that from the beginning of 2016 through February 2016, they conspired together to distribute methamphetamine to others in Iowa.  On two occasions in February 2016, they distributed approximately ¾ of a pound of methamphetamine to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.

Both were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Each were sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  Special assessments of $300 were imposed for Roman-Luna and $400 for Gomez-Trujillo.  They must each also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Each are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they 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 16-4036.

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