CEDAR RAPIDS – A Colorado man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa was sentenced March 15, 2013, to more than seven years in federal prison.
Javier Torres, 30, from Denver, Colorado, received the prison term after an October 24, 2012, jury verdict finding him guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Torres was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance – cocaine, a felony, in the Colorado District Court for Adams County, on November 4, 2011.
Evidence at trial showed that Torres was involved in a conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine from 2009 through about August 2010. Torres transported methamphetamine from sources in Colorado to individuals in Iowa who would then distribute the methamphetamine to a number of different people in Iowa.
Torres was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Torres was sentenced to 85 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a four-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Torres is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, North Central Iowa Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Fort Dodge Police Department, Mason City Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.