Estherville Man Sentenced On Federal Meth & Firearm Charges

Fri 3-8-2019

(Sioux City)-- An Estherville man has been sentenced in federal court on meth and firearm charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 47-year-old Todd Christopher Moritz was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in June of last year to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Evidence at plea and sentencing hearings indicated that in June 2017, Moritz, driving a motorcycle, attempted to evade police. Moritz crashed the motorcycle, then fled on foot. Once apprehended, officers seized over 7 grams of methamphetamine, baggies, a digital scale and eight cell phones from Mortiz. Despite his prior conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon, Moritz also had a loaded gun with an obliterated serial number on it.

In addition to the prison term Moritz must also serve a four-year term of supervised release.