August 7, 2019 - 5:25 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A 29-year old Inwood man has been sentenced to federal prison on a narcotics charge.

According to a release from the US Attorney’s Office, Jose Ignacio Leanos was sentenced to four years in federal prison after a March guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court officials, at the guilty plea, Leanos admitted that from about 2017 through April 2018, he and others distributed more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine in the Lyon County area.  In April 2018, Leanos distributed nearly a pound of pure methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement, and at the time possessed more than five pounds.  Evidence at the sentencing further showed that Leanos and others imported methamphetamine from Mexico to distribute in Iowa.

Authorities say Leanos was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand, who sentenced him to 48 months’ imprisonment.  Leanos must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Leanos is reportedly being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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