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Former Vatos Locos gang member who dealt meth in Iowa sent to prison

This news story was published on May 13, 2018.
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SIOUX CITY – A man who belonged to a California gang and conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa was sentenced May 9, 2018, to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Rafael Martinez, 34, from Kiron, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 22, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Martinez admitted that beginning in or about early 2015, and continuing to at least April 2016, he conspired with others to distribute at least 1,500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Carroll and Crawford County areas. Martinez further admitted to distributing methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement in October 2015. Martinez relocated from California to Iowa in order to avoid contact with the Vatos Locos gang, of which he was a former member.

Martinez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand. Martinez was sentenced to 126 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 4-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Martinez 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 investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Carroll, Iowa Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Denison, Iowa Police Department, and Iowa Division of Criminalist Laboratory.

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    May 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    So, in order to better his life and escape Vatos Locos, Senor Martinez vamoosed from California to Iowa, where he could prosper by distributing and selling poison to the Gringos Norte Americanos…. It’s too bad Rafael didn’t resist arrest just enough to get his extreme pb intervention.