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Mexican man sent to prison for over a decade for meth trafficking in Waterloo


This news story was published on August 4, 2020.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who conspired to distribute over 750 grams of methamphetamine and was caught in Waterloo was sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison.

Fredy Juan Morales-Alvarez, age 33, from Michoaćan, Mexico, received the prison term after a February 2020 guilty plea to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Morales-Alvarez admitted that, beginning in the fall of 2013 and continuing through December 17, 2013, he conspired to traffic methamphetamine. On December 17, 2013, law enforcement searched Morales-Alvarez’s car during a traffic stop in Waterloo, Iowa, and recovered over 50 grams of methamphetamine. Law enforcement then searched his home, finding an additional 122 grams of methamphetamine, $6,540 in United States currency, and a digital scale.

Morales-Alvarez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Morales-Alvarez was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Morales-Alvarez 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 Lisa Williams and Special Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Waterloo Police Department, the Cedar Falls Police Department, and the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department.

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4 Responses to Mexican man sent to prison for over a decade for meth trafficking in Waterloo

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    He plead guilty in Feb, 2020.

    It wouldn’t surprise me,IF, the Waterloo Police Department, the Cedar Falls Police Department, and the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department had to find the right amount of meth after the “original” didn’t make it to evidence.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Selling drugs to your children

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2020 at 2:31 am

    2013???? seven years later he is sentenced. where has he been for the last 7 years??