Sentencing Held In Meth Conspiracy Case

Tue 1-26-2016 []

(Sioux City)-- The final four people involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy in Northwest Iowa have been sentenced in U.S. District Court. 37-year-old Isaac Esquivel of Sanborn, 31-year-old Mackenzie Jellema of Sioux City, 49-year-old Joe Leal of Hartley and 30-year-old Valerie Ortega of Sanborn pleaded guilty previously to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.    

At a plea hearing, all four admitted being involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine in O’Brien county. In total, law enforcement made undercover purchases and seizures from the four total nearly 272 grams of meth.    

Esquivel was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release; Jellema received 48 months’ imprisonment; Leal was sentenced to 81 months in jail and Ortega was sentenced to 42 months’ imprisonment. Jellema, Leal and Ortega must also each serve a 5-year term of supervised release following the prison term.    

The case was investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Spencer Police Department, the Clay and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Offices, the Sheldon Police Department, the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force and the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.