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Mason City – Clear Lake meth conspirators sent to federal prison


This news story was published on July 17, 2015.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – Five men have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in Mason City and Clear Lake.

Billy Lee Jaime Huerta, age 31, of Mason City, Iowa, received his prison term after a December 10, 2014, guilty plea; David Luiz Lee Huerta, age 27, of Mason City, Iowa, received her prison term after a March 25, 2015, guilty plea, Steven Andrew Davis, age 32, of Stockton, California, received his prison term after a January 26, 2015, guilty plea, Michael Angelo Sanchez Moreno, age 25, of Stockton, California, received his prison term after a December 3, 2014, guilty plea, and Francisco Mora-Martinez, age 29, of Stockton, California, received his prison term after a February 2, 2015, guilty plea. Billy Huerta, David Huerta, Davis, Moreno, and Mora-Martinez each pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. David Huerta and Steven Davis each also pled to Distributing a Controlled Substance. Billy Huerta was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in Cerro Gordo County, on July 7, 2008.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencing’s and change of plea hearings show the defendants were involved in a conspiracy in which David Huerta and Steven Davis were bringing from California and/or mailing pound quantities of methamphetamine to the Mason City area and along with Billy Huerta and Michael Moreno reselling it to others. During his involvement in the conspiracy, Francisco Mora-Martinez was responsible for facilitating the distribution of more than 150 grams of pure methamphetamine. The conspiracy lasted from August 2010 to October 2014, in the Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa area.

Billy Huerta, David Huerta, Davis, Mora-Martinez, and Moreno, were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Billy Huerta was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment, David Huerta was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment, Davis was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment, and Mora-Martinez and Moreno were each sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. Billy Huerta must serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term. David Huerta, Davis, Mora-Martinez, and Moreno must each serve a 5-year term of supervised release after prison. David Huerta, Steven Davis, and Michael Moreno, were each ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Billy Huerta and Mora-Martinez were each ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. There is no parole in the federal system.

All five 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 Jack Lammers and investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Mason City Police Department, Clear Lake Police Department, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Huerta, Billy Lee

Huerta, Billy Lee

DAVID LUIZ HUERTA

DAVID LUIZ HUERTA

STEVEN ANDREW DAVIS

STEVEN ANDREW DAVIS

FRANCISCO MORA

FRANCISCO MORA

MICHAEL ANGELO SANCHEZ MORENO

MICHAEL ANGELO SANCHEZ MORENO

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7 Responses to Mason City – Clear Lake meth conspirators sent to federal prison

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Billy is a violent thug. I’m glad he will be locked in a cage the next 20 years.

  2. Concerned Citizen Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    At the end of the day, these people thought they were above the law. The Huertas have beat up kids at the roller rink, sold drugs across our community and stolen from so many people. There is no “therapy” these people can go through that will fix their attitude. Run them all out of our community and back to where they came from. We have to send a message this will not be tolerated in Mason City

  3. Sad but true Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    lock the door, throw away the key forever! All pissed their lives away.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders doesn’t solve the problem. All drugs need to be legalized and taxed. The tax revenue should be used for treatment and education of addicts. Treat the drug problem like what it is, a societal health issue. There are just as many drugs and lives being wasted in prison.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

        @Anonymous-these people are NOT NOn-violent and they are not drug offenders, they are hard core dealers who could care less about the lives the have destroyed with their poison. There is a huge difference between Meth and pot and neither one is legal in this state.

        • Annonymous Too Reply Report comment

          July 19, 2015 at 11:07 am

          LVS-Totally agree with you on this one, these guys are not just innocent pot dealers, they are violent criminals who happen to deal drugs. They have committed burglaries, assaults and robberies as well. They deserve what they got.

  4. Sheriff Joe Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Billy you really let your Dad down, he’s in heaven but he was watching the things you did. Tim did everything he could to make you a man. Money and greed won you over. See you in 20 years old man. VERY SAD DAY BILLY!!