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Northern Iowa man trafficking meth from Mexico to Iowa sentenced to 20 years in prison

SIOUX CITY – A Storm Lake man who intended to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in the Storm Lake area was sentenced on July 13, 2021, to 20 years in federal prison.

Christian Javier Ramirez, age 31, from Storm Lake, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

In January of 2020, Ramirez conspired with others to import methamphetamine from Mexico and distribute methamphetamine in Iowa. According to the complaint filed in this matter, approximately 7 pounds of methamphetamine was intercepted in Colorado by the Colorado State Patrol and was destined for Storm Lake, Iowa, at the direction of Ramirez. Ramirez also possessed firearms at various times during the conspiracy.

Ramirez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Ramirez was sentenced to 240 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.

Ramirez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol.

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