Council Bluffs Woman, a Distributor for Mexico-based Drug Trafficking Organization, Sentenced to Imprisonment for Eleven Years
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on March 28, 2019, United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., sentenced Ralynn Christine Francisco to a term of imprisonment of 132 months, to be served in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Francisco, age 32, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
In the summer of 2017, Francisco obtained multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine from codefendant Baltazar Quintero-Rodriguez, a member of a Mexico-based drug trafficking organization, and redistributed it to customers in the local area. Mexican sources supplied Quintero-Rodriguez with the methamphetamine and directed its distribution to others, including Francisco. In addition, investigators determined that Francisco wired drug proceeds totaling $13,634 on at least 15 occasions to recipients in Mexico in furtherance of a money laundering conspiracy.
The case was primarily investigated by the Omaha Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.