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Belmond man pleads guilty to receiving over 10 pounds of meth from Mexico to deal in Wright county area


This news story was published on April 20, 2021.
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SIOUX CITY – A Belmond man plead guilty in federal court in Sioux City to receiving over 10 pounds of meth from Mexico by mail to deal in the Wright county area.

Rafael Perez-Mercado, 29, from Belmond, Iowa, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. During the investigation, it was also determined that Perez-Mercado was in the United States illegally.

At the plea hearing, Perez-Mercado admitted that between on or about September 2020 and continuing to on or about October 22, 2020, he and others were responsible for the distribution of over ten pounds of methamphetamine in the Wright County area. On October 8, 2020, law enforcement intercepted a package from Mexico destined to be ultimately delivered to Perez-Mercado. On October 22, 2020, law enforcement made a controlled delivery of the package to Perez-Mercado’s residence. Perez-Mercado was captured while exiting the rear of his residence as a law enforcement agent attempted to make contact with him at the front door. Law enforcement seized nine 1-pound packages of methamphetamine from a bag dropped by Perez-Mercado as he attempted to flee from the agents. Later that same day, during the execution of a search warrant at Perez-Mercado’s residence, law enforcement seized two 1-pound packages of methamphetamine from inside a statute delivered to Perez-Mercado. Law enforcement also found evidence of methamphetamine smuggling in Perez-Mercado’s garage.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Perez-Mercado remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Perez-Mercado faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and at least 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa DCI, Homeland Security Investigations/ICE, and Eagle Grove Police Department.

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11 Responses to Belmond man pleads guilty to receiving over 10 pounds of meth from Mexico to deal in Wright county area

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Hang the SOB… Thanks Obiden, for building backwards better. Your whole crew seem to be anti American!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      Read buddy, read. This happened on Trump’s watch.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2021 at 5:05 pm

        Stop beating the dead horse and give it up, he was on vacation.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2021 at 6:13 pm

          Pretty sure it will never happen on Joe’s watch as he has the border under control

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    All of which means he will get a suspended prison sentence, suspended fines, and a 6 month sentence of being a good boy and to be sure to tip his waitress, and if he completes this, he will get full citizenship and his record expunged. God, ain’t America great???

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      Must be, all the commie pukes want in

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2021 at 8:34 am

    There you are, another ILLEGAL alien in out country pushing poison.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      Don’t imagine he had to push it. The white boys were probably beating down his door to get it.

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        Peas n Taters Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm

        So you’re saying it’s OK for illegals to sneak into this country and sell meth.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2021 at 6:27 pm

          No, of course not. But if there wasn’t such a demand for it, then he wouldn’t be up here selling it, would he?

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            Anonymous

            April 21, 2021 at 8:36 am

            their are choices in life..maybe he needs to find a legal one