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Friday, April 12, 2019

Council Bluffs Man Functions as Methamphetamine Trafficking Cell for Mexico-based Drug Trafficking, Sentenced to Imprisonment for Fourteen Years

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., sentenced Carlos Manriquez-Aviles today to a term of imprisonment of 168 months, to be served in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.  Manriquez, 29 years old, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Use of Facilities in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Racketeering, and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. 

In 2017, Manriquez distributed multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area and laundered drug proceeds through a Wells Fargo Bank account on behalf of Mexican drug traffickers. 

The case was primarily investigated by the Omaha Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 12, 2019