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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Des Moines Man Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine and Possessing Firearms

DES MOINES, IA – On May 10, 2016, Kevin Villalobos Guardado, of Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 293 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, 24 months in prison for illegal reentry into the United States, and 120 months in prison on two counts of being an illegal alien in possession of firearms, announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. All sentences were ordered to run concurrently. Villalobos was ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $400 towards the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Villalobos was arrested as part of a coordinated law enforcement effort in August 2015, which targeted a large-scale drug trafficking organization and included the execution of numerous search and arrest warrants. According to the plea agreement, from April to August 2015, Villalobos sold methamphetamine and firearms to confidential informants and undercover agents. Villalobos is a citizen of El Salvador, who was illegally present in the United States following a prior removal or deportation.

This matter was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 12, 2016