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Meth Distributors Sentenced

Sioux City, IA (KICD) — Three men who conspired to distribute methamphetamine are sentenced, to federal prison.

In Sioux City US District Court, Judge Mark W. Bennett sentenced 25-year Jose Lopez, Jr, 25-year old Francisco Orozco-Padilla, and 27-year old Ricardo Camberos-Valle, each received the prison terms after guilty pleas in 2013, to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty pleas, each admitted their involvement in a conspiracy from 2009 through May 2013 that distributed more than 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Lopez, Jr., Orozco-Padilla, and Camberos-Valle traveled to Wisconsin and Minnesota to obtain methamphetamine for later distribution in Iowa, and on multiple occasions distributed or aided and abetted each other in the distribution of methamphetamine to undercover officers.

At the sentencing Lopez, Jr. was sentenced to 59 months Orozco-Padilla was sentenced to 78 months; and Camberos-Valle was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment. Lopez, Jr. must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Orozco-Padilla and Camberos-Valle must each also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

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 Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Spirit Lake Police Department.

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