Hartley Man Sentenced In Meth Conspiracy Case

Mon 12-7-2015 []

(Hartley)-- A Hartley man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison in a meth conspiracy case. 49-year-old Joe Leal was sentenced after pleading guilty September 1st to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At a plea hearing Leal admitted being involved in a conspiracy from about July of 2013 to May of 2014 that distributed more than 50 grams of pure meth. According to court documents, Leal distributed over 53 grams of meth on three separate occasions to individuals cooperating with law enforcement.

In addition to the jail time, Leal must also serve five years of supervised release. He's being held in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending transport to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Sheldon Police Department, the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.