Sentences handed down in North Iowa drug ring


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A Franklin County man is one of eight people sentenced this week for being part of a massive drug ring.

25-year-old Miguel Mendoza of Hampton received 78 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says Mendoza was part of a drug trafficking organization that, starting in the spring of 2013, distributed at least 250 pounds of ice methamphetamine throughout North Iowa.  The drug was transported by vehicle from Mexico and California to Marshalltown, where it was repacked for further distribution.

Also sentenced in Cedar Rapids Federal Court for conspiracy to distribute meth;

47-year-old Donita Urban of Evansdale, 98 months.

52-year-old Scott Matthews of Marshalltown, 70 months.

49-year-old Brian Swartz of Waterloo, 132 months.

23-year-old Rogelio Avalos-Sanchez of Marshalltown, 59 months.

31-year-old Alvaro Hernandez of Marshalltown, 113 months.

26-year-old Frances Gasca of Lompoc, California, 103 months.

21-year-old Jennifer Mares-Flores of Marshalltown, 78 months.

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