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Denison Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – On September 19, 2017, Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Ivan Antonio Cervantes, age 31, of Denison, Iowa, to 70 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Cervantes will also serve four years of supervised release following his imprisonment, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel.


As part of his guilty plea, Cervantes admitted to possessing with the intent to distribute nearly 15 grams of pure methamphetamine when his vehicle was stopped south of Harlan in Shelby County, Iowa, in December of 2016. Cervantes further admitted three underage children were in the vehicle when he possessed the methamphetamine. 


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.




Learn more about this release by calling Jason T. Griess at 515-473-9300, or by emailing him at (link sends e-mail).



Updated September 21, 2017

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