Mexican Man Who Was In The U.S. Illegally Residing In Spencer Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

Wed 8-29-2018

(Sioux City)-- A Mexican man who was in the U.S illegally has pleaded guilty in federal court to a meth charge.

33-year-old Jesus Vazquez-Espinoza who was residing in Spencer, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Vazquez-Espinoza admitted he received about $10,000 worth of methamphetamine in March, 2017 and continued to receive an average of 1 pound of meth every two weeks until he was arrested in April of this year. According to court documents, Vazquez-Espinoza arranged for the methamphetamine to be delivered by mail to two different residences in Iowa. At the time of his arrest, law enforcement seized over two pounds of the drug along with a little more than $8,700 in cash.

A sentencing date for Vazquez-Espinoza is pending completion of a pre-sentence report. He remains in the custody of a U.S. Marshal in the mean time.

Vazquez-Espinoza faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment up to life, a $5 million fine and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement with assistance from the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force.